I don't find it stressful. If you plan accordingly and put in the hours, the job is rewarding and manageable.
Hiring was completed through a recruiter. My CV was submitted to the recruiter who recommended me for interview. After a face to face interview with the department manager in Johnson Controls and a subsequent background check, I was deemed to be a good fit for the role, and equally as importantly, the team and I was offered the job. Management and training were both very positive and I quickly settled into the role.
Yes - routine checks - for example - previous work place references