There are so many apps out there if you want to earn some extra cash delivering food, like Postmates. If you want to get started with Postmates, you have to do their background check.
We looked into it, so if you want to learn what goes on behind the scenes with your application, what the process typically involves and some of the reasons behind the delays and complications that can occur, keep reading….
How Long Does a Postmates Background Check Take?
The application process to work at Postmates requires the usual background check procedures, and this process can take anything from between two and ten days. Most applicants, however, have their results within 24-48 hours.
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the Postmates application process…..
What Is Postmates Anyway?
Postmates is an online food and drink delivery service that started up in The United States of America in 2011.
Customers can order food and drink items, fast food meals, and even personal items such as groceries through a phone app – and one of their distinguishing features is that they offer you the convenience of ordering just about anything – just by using your phone.
A restaurant is selected, a meal is chosen, a courier is matched to the job – and the meal is delivered. And that’s where you, as the potential courier, come into the picture.
How Long Does It Take To Get Started With Postmates?
The time between your decision to apply for work at Postmates and your first assigned delivery depends on how equipped you are for the job, your application details, and how well you get through that all important background check process.
The sign up process, which is all done online, only takes a few minutes and is done easily on the Uber Eats platform.
Check for current sign up promotions when you are making your account. During times when workers are in short supply, Postmates will offer incentives just to join.
The sign up process will ask you for basic information about yourself, including your name and address, your phone number, the method of delivery you plan to use, your social security number (this is for the background check) and your date of birth.
You’ll also have to identify your delivery market, and finally, they’ll ask you to upload a clear selfie.
You will receive your Postmates card and your delivery bag in the mail – link the card to your account and download the app to your phone.
Why Is A Background Check Necessary To Work For Postmates?
Employment screening is a standard recruitment process, and is implemented, above all, for reasons of safety and security. This applies to the safety of customers and clients, company staff, and the company itself.
Background employed assessments are the responsibility of the company, and the company is therefore liable for any injury suffered to anyone while in their employ.
This obligation is taken very seriously, and to neglect it can result in devastating losses of company time, money, employees, clients, information, talent and reputation.
The practice of employee background assessments dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, and continues to intensify in appraisal complexity, and also in terms of fair and just disclosure practices.
If you firmly believe, however, that your application has been rejected erroneously, you can take this up with the company. However, Postmates does have the right to refuse your services on the basis of a criminal history. Therefore, challenging them on this premise may be a waste of your time.
What Will Disqualify Me From Working At Postmates?
Unfortunately, there are a number of things that will prevent you getting a job with Postmates, and these are all pretty standard barriers to most employment.
- You do not have an up to date and valid driver’s licence
- You have a record of traffic accidents
- They will check on driving record points, traffic violations, fines and convictions
- You have records of theft and/or property damage
- You have drink driving convictions
- You have a record of a sexual or a violent crime
- You have a record of a crime of ‘high seriousness’
- You are underage when you apply
Why Is My Postmates Background Check Taking So Long?
The background check is mandatory for both company and applicant and there is no part of it that can be skipped, avoided, or approved by hoping a discrepancy will just go away.
If your application is taking longer than it should, it could be for one of the following reasons:
- There are a large number of applications being processed at that time.
- You have not activated the Postmates card you received in the mail when you set up your account.
- You are underage or forgot to include your birthdate.
- Your method of delivery has not been stated clearly.
- The criminal background check is taking longer than usual because of government system reasons.
- Your motor vehicles record check is taking longer than usual because of government system reasons.
- You accidently made a typo in the address line (it happens!) so it cannot be verified.
- The system check has revealed a minor crime you aren’t aware of.
- You have not met the motor vehicles requirements.
Is There A Way I Can Check The Process Of My Application?
It is possible to check up on your application. Log into your Postmates Fleet app, which is a secure site, and you will be able to see the status of your background check.
If the check is still in progress, the message, “background check pending”, will be clearly displayed across the screen. This doesn’t mean you won’t get the job; it indicates that there are some processing delays.
If you are concerned about the amount of time this is taking, you can contact Postmates customer service. They aren’t able to access your background check information, but they can find out if there is an error connected to the app itself.
If My Postmates Application Takes A Long Time, Does This Mean I Won’t Get A Job?
A delayed application doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be successful. It could indicate there is a problem with something in the background check procedure. Many applicants have reported delays at this point in their application.
If there is a problem in your application that results in you not being accepted as courier, Postmates will let you know about this.
Most applicants report that they were eventually accepted and able to move into their first delivery experience.
There are many forums and Q and A articles that cover the application experience firsthand, and these can be useful when you are concerned that your career, which you prepared for so carefully, has still not even begun.
The Postmates application process, like all jobs, requires us to pass a background check. The amount of time this procedure takes varies from applicant to applicant and is dependant on the successful checking off of each security item on your form.
It’s important to know that delays are normal, and that there are ways you can check on your progress, contact the company and read through current community chat forums for reassurance and advice.