Give your candidates a voice

With Checkr’s Candidate Stories feature, your job candidates can share additional context around their records, prior circumstances, and efforts they’ve made to better themselves directly with background check requesters. Empowering your candidates to tell their own story is a huge step toward a fairer future.

Why use candidate stories?

Protect your business

If you operate in an area that has adopted ban-the-box laws, there are specific regulations about how to handle criminal records in the decision process. Candidate Stories fits seamlessly into the process and is a solid first step to help ensure compliance for your company.

Expand your hiring pool

Roughly one-third of Americans have a criminal record. Hiring policies that exclude people with records from employment often lead employers to overlook massive pools of qualified talent. Candidate Stories can help you source a larger prospect pool.

Increase diversity and inclusion

Blanket bans on hiring people with criminal charges can disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Candidate Stories is a valuable tool for companies committed to building a more diverse and equitable workforce.

Give others a fair chance

The fair chance hiring movement is growing quickly, and many values-based companies believe that a criminal record should not mean a life sentence of unemployment or underemployment. Candidate Stories puts that belief into action, helping thousands of candidates get hired every year.

Lowering the barrier, not the bar

1 in 3
has some type of criminal record
the amount our economy loses annually due to barriers to employment
retention rate
for employees with criminal records

Driven by a mission to make hiring more inclusive

Checkr is built on the belief that everyone should have a fair chance to work. We build technology to help connect companies with a more diverse and inclusive pool of qualified candidates, and to help connect candidates with the support and resources they need to navigate the background check process.

A candidate-forward mission focused on diversity and inclusion informs everything we do, from our hiring tools to our candidate experience programs. When you work with Checkr, it's a signal to candidates that your company shares our values of diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about candidate stories


The Candidate Stories Guide

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