The other day I was browsing through the employment application guidelines of the Florida State Attorney's Office. One item listed in the guidelines says that persons who have accepted a position with the office are required to take a polygraph examination. That's interesting. I worked for the Philippine Judiciary for 18 years before moving to the U.S. but I have not known of any officer of the bench or court employee who was made to undergo a polygraph test. Same with the Prosecutor's Office with whom we were closely working with. I know, however, that applicants for the bench undergo intensive background examination to determine their fitness for the job.
Private companies and government offices run background checks on potential employees, and the more sensitive the position, the more intense the employee screening conducted on the applicant.
Background checks may also include looking into a person's online activities. Our professor in Legal Assisting advised us to be very careful about joining online social networks and the kind of information (including pictures) that we post in these websites. The kind of things we do online reflect upon our person and may affect us in the future.