10 Common Reasons to Order a Background Check

Written By: Jane Smith

For the past ten years businesses, organizations and just about everyone in general has been more conscious of security due to the events of 9/11. Background checks are being required more frequently and honestly are turning up some interesting results. Knowing who you are dealing with is just good sense. Here are some common reasons to order a background check.

  1. Know who’s minding the children – How often have school buses been involved with serious accidents only to reveal the driver had some kind of negative history whether it be criminal or vehicular. Where children are involved, it should be mandatory to know the background of those people into whose care they are entrusted.
  2. Hiring employees – As a matter of safety employers need to do background checks on all potential employees. A background check can also be a means of gaining insight into the character of the candidate.
  3. Buying a business – It’s a good idea to consider looking into the background of the person selling the business before you sign. It is just as important to look into the background of the business itself. You will want to know something about the person you are dealing with and the reputation of the business you are buying in order to make sure the deal is legitimate. A little foresight to begin with can prevent problems down the road.
  4. Investing – How often do people make huge investments with total strangers and live to regret it? The investment broker can seem very nice and very well informed and still take all your hard earned savings. Protect yourself and your investment by doing a background check first to find out if there are any issues of which you need to be aware.
  5. Relationships – People are beginning to get more cautious about who they choose to spend the rest of their life with. Gone are the days of falling in love and getting married on a whim, especially among the more affluent. People want to know that their intended is trustworthy and honest, so more of them are doing background checks – just to be sure.
  6. Security clearance – People working for the government must go through background checks. Certain positions require extensive background checks in order to grant security clearance.
  7. After the fact – Sometimes after a problem has occurred a background check is done on the offending party. If there is information that can be used to right the wrong, it is given to the proper authorities such as police or attorneys and steps are taken to rectify the situation if possible.
  8. Litigation – Background checks can provide valuable information for attorneys to use in court. Information obtained is often used to verify testimony or refute it. It can also be used to prove a person’s honesty and credibility or lack of the same.
  9. Hiring care givers – Many people are hiring in-home care givers for their elderly parents or relatives in need of constant care.  Sometimes the person hired is less than desirable. A simple background check can bring issues to light before a problem is brought into the home.
  10. Identity theft – Not all background checks are done for a positive reason. There are scammers out there posing as legitimate entities asking for your information so they can steal your identity. If someone wants to do a background check on you, make sure you know who it is, why it’s necessary and ask what they plan on doing with the information.

Safety is a concern from national security all the way down to the baby in the cradle. Even though they can seem like a great invasion of privacy, background checks have their place of importance and they are here to stay.