A background check is basically a report on an individual. It can include criminal history, financial history, education history, public records, or a combination of these things. With a thorough background check, you can get a better picture of an individual’s past and patterns. It’s a common tool used by employers and individuals to ensure that those you hire or let into your home are worthy of your trust. In fact, 73% of organizations conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates, according to survey results from the Society for Human Resource Management. In addition, it can be a great way to determine whether or not hiring a certain applicant is a good investment for your business. For example, you can conduct a background check that looks into an applicant’s driving record if you want to hire someone for a position where they’ll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel.
Some background checks are mandatory, such as for government workers and those who will work with children or the elderly. In addition, it’s a good idea to implement background checks for potential hires not only to see if they are fit for the job, but also to prevent any loss of business or lawsuits that may arise if something were to happen with an employee whom you hired without first conducting a thorough background check.
All in all, there are various reasons why you might want to conduct a background check, whether it’s to ensure the safety of your family or the safety of your business reputation. These reports can yield valuable information that will allow you to make the best and most informed decisions.
You can find more information on background checks by viewing our Background Check Guide.