I am considering taking on a contract-to-hire position with a staffing firm. I am working with a recruiter, he is working for a reputable staffing company. The company he connected me with is extremely interested and ready to move forward, ge requested a background check, in which the background check - paper work asks for SSN, Drivers license number, previous addresses etc.
Note: I have yet to receive any offer from the company regarding this position. I have had a phone interview that went well. However, nothing at all in writing as of yet.
I am not comfortable giving my SSN, drivers license #, knowing that I have no offer in writing. Am I being overly cautious? Do I have a reason to be worried? or should I just provide this information and think noting of it other than it being the normal pre-hiring process?
Also, can I insist on getting a written offer prior to completing any background checks? is this normal?
I appreciate any advice.
Many thanks in advance.