What is a Pre-employment background check?
A background check or pre-employment background check is the activity of looking up and compiling all criminal records, commercial records and financial records of a person. Using different methods is usually needed to acquire the data and build a profile of the individual or company in question.
The types of background checks
There are different types of background checks that can be made, these include but not limited to:
- Criminal Records
- Past employer check (verifying position and salary)
- Identity and Address Verification
- Credit Check
- Sex offender registry
- Alumni records
What’s the purpose of a pre-employment background check?
Employers are usually the most common to request a background check when it comes to high security positions or a job that requires a high level of trust. It is crucial for a company that handles delicate information or data to ensure that the person they are potentially hiring has a clean background record and has not committed any crimes.
The checks often allow employers to assess if a candidate has made past mistakes, how fit they are mentally for the job and to identify any potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons.
Is Social Media included on background checks?
Social media has become incredibly popular over the last decade. We have entered a society in which many are, on a daily basis, uploading all sorts of content to the internet, content they identify for. Using Social Media for background checks is beneficial to get a sneak-peek into how the applicant spends time outside of work.