Background Checks and Its Importance


When hiring the right employee, unknown information can harm you. A research shows that 50 percent of all resumes and application forms have false information while 33 percent of all business failures are due to employee theft and 18 percent of all violent crimes are workplace violence which resulted 66 percent of negligent trial case that has six-hundred thousand dollars in damages. Background checks are a part of the hiring process that is inexpensive that can save time, money and future headaches which companies cannot afford to skip when it comes to hiring.

Types of Background Checks

There are many types of background checks that is available such as criminal history search, name trace, national criminal scan, civil court records, education confirmation, employment verification, credentials and licenses, sex offender registry, military service verification, social security trace, credit report, and drug and alcohol tests, background checks provided by third-party entities with Federal Trade Commission standards.

All background checks provide useful information. Employers will decide which one will be the most beneficial for their company and it depends if the positions they are hiring for. Like if a hospital is hiring a doctor. The hospital should acquire education verification since a degree is crucial and essential for this kind of profession. If the hospital hired a “doctor” and a year later they found out that the doctor never completed a M.D. or a Ph.D. as he or she claimed in their résumé. Companies must realize the risks that they might experience if they do not conduct any pre-employment background checks.

Permissions and Notifications

Always get an applicant’s written permission for the background checks that the company will be conducting, there are standard forms applied when they need permission.

Using signatures from applications when they need to verify earlier employments and while conducting reference checks. Always be aware of the applicant who forget or refuses to sign an authorization for background checks and they will not make amends to do so.

Employers must write a letter to let applicants know their decision that they made based on the information found in the background checks and a copy of the letter will go to the said applicant with the name and contact information of the company that provided the background checks, for when the applicant wants to clear up something that has incorrect information.

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