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How Your Credit Score May Affect Employment Prospects


Your credit score tells potential creditors how risky of a borrower you are by gauging how responsible you've been with handing credit and managing debt. It makes good sense that lenders would want a good idea of how likely it would be for a borrower to default on a loan.

There's someone else who might be checking up on your credit history — your employer! Discover more about how you, your credit score, and employers may be connected when you read more.

Your employment history is not part of your credit score, but your credit score could be factored into your chances of getting a job. A good credit score will give you access to the best interest rates and it could also give you an edge if a potential employer runs a credit check for applicants. Just as lenders may see you as a risky borrower if you have a poor credit score, employers may also view you ask a risky employee.

If you're interviewing for a position that involves finances, confidentiality, and handling money then it's likely that your employer will run a credit check before they make you a job offer. Some companies check applicants' credit regardless of the specific position under consideration.

K.E. Varner, author of The Insider's Guide to Credit Repair sums up the concept like this: "Overall, it's a reflection of a person's character. That's the assumption these companies make. Given everybody is equal in their backgrounds and skill set, if one person has a better credit score, you're probably going to be better off with that person."

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