Ask Matt: Why do online applications ask for personal info?

  • by: MATT KRUMRIE
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Dear Matt: An online application for a job asked me to complete a “pre-employment background check” section. It said a third party is doing a background check and asked for date of birth, social security number and driver’s license info. Why would a company ask for this information during an initial application process, and is it legal?

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