If you are seeking a job with GE, you might be wondering which background checks General Electric uses to vet applicants. Given the size and global reach of the company, there is no one answer to this question; candidates should expect background checks and hiring processes to vary based on location, company segment, department, and job level among other factors.
GE and its many subsidiaries follow a detailed Candidate Privacy Notice that can be found on the company’s official website. The notice dictates how GE will “handle and protect data” that it collects or accesses during the recruiting and hiring process.
In this notice, GE notes that one of its data collection policies for hiring is “conducting background checks, where permitted by law.” Candidates for GE positions should expect to go through a criminal history check to get a job with the company. The Candidate Privacy Notice also mentions employment reference checks
( “subject to [the candidate’s] consent where required by law”).
GE reserves the right to process “other Sensitive Candidate Data,” including information about a candidate’s health, citizenship, and nationality. Again, GE says it will only collect or use this information when doing so is permitted by law—and even then, only when the use of such data is relevant to the position at hand.
The Candidate Privacy Notice outlines the job seeker’s rights regarding his or her data. Each candidate has the right to data access, correction, and deletion; to comment on automated decision-making based on data; to withdraw consent for the processing of personal data, and to be protected from the use of Candidate Data by GE for marketing purposes.
If you are seeking a position with GE and want to know more about the background checks General Electric uses on its candidates, you would do well to read the to read the Candidate Privacy Notice in full. .
As for how strict GE is about hiring (or not hiring) candidates based on criminal history, the company is well known for being a felon-friendly employer. While you can expect background checks from General Electric (and any GE subsidiaries) to look at each candidate’s criminal history, that history will rarely be an automatic disqualifier. The company judges criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis and is willing to give second chances to candidates who have been found guilty of serious crimes in the past.