Did you know that you’re entitled to a free credit report every year through annualcreditreport.com? It’s a good idea to check your credit and background before you interview for a job so you know what’s in there. For one, there are a lot of inaccuracies that you can contest, or at least explain to your future employer. According to representatives from the Society of Human Resource Management, employers don’t pull your report until they’re really serious about you and most will give you an opportunity to defend your self. That’s why you should not have any surprises, and be able to get rid of mistakes before someone else finds them.

Also, you can pull your tenant history report, and employer history report through Lexis Nexis. They make you jump through a few hoops to get it. Namely, call a toll-free number, fill out a form, and snail mail copies of your ID and a utility bill. According to LexisNexis, this is the company that most background checking companies use to find out about you. So take advantage of their free service to pull an annual report on yourself, by starting here.