I had applied to work at a grocery store. Part of the online hiring process was to fill out some questions that prove I am who I claim I am. I guess this was an alternative to showing someone your ID. The way it worked was I was presented with a list of 5 options and I had to pick the one that was true for me. For example it showed me several addresses, one of which I lived in temporarily a long time ago. Also they asked who my cellphone provider was. How would they know this? The company used for the service was TransUnion. Are their any safety precautions that can/should be taken? I was slightly concerned with was some kind of phishing attempt and they didn't actually know the correct answer until I gave it to them.
Is all of the information from credit reports and background checks given to the potential employer? Some questions are illegal to ask a candidate, like what they're exact age is, but on background checks this is often asked. In general should a job offer be made contingent on the checks coming clean, or can a company do a check on a candidate who they aren't serious about hiring?