Sunday, 29 October 2017

Why You Should Run A Background Check On Potential Employees


Whenever there is an opening for a position in a firm, the chances of getting one or two quirky characters for the interview is inevitable, even after having sifted through the initial in-pour of resumes and having gleaned the best. Not only do they learn more this way, but they also make a more informed decision this way.  Whether it is a phone interview or a walk-in, more and more employers are resorting to running background checks on potential employees before giving them the job.  However, not everything can be determined from those precious few minutes you spend with them, says an article in www.forbes.com.

Many employers forgo this essential hiring step simply because they seem it unnecessary in their line of work. However, with crime rate skyrocketing around the world, it's always better to know if your potential employee has a criminal record. This not only holds true for high profile jobs but also for jobs of a sensitive nature, such as child caretakers or even pharmacists. Sometimes, the charges may be unrelated to the line of work or so minor they don't raise a red flag, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Criminal activity can also affect the work performance of an employee. For example, you don't want to hire someone with multiple counts of unsafe driving for a driving position. It may seem like common sense, but employees will hardly brag about their incarcerations, especially if they think it will cost them their job. Conducting a background check also makes sure the blame doesn't fall on you if and when everything goes pear-shaped. If bad becomes worse, the court will know that it was not a lack of due diligence on your part when things go wrong if you had conducted a background check during the hiring process.

On the bright side, it gives you a better picture of the person you are about to hire. Every potential employee plays the role of the perfect candidate during the interview, making it difficult to discern their true worth or motives. It can go as far as faking credentials and experience for a company they worked for, their salary, failing to mention more low-paying jobs and even lying about their education. Background checks can also be used to verify educational documentation and other special certifications. Not only does this confirm any information on their resume, but it is also a test of their honesty. 

Ultimately, you want your customers to feel comfortable and safe working with your firm, which also extends to your employees. Team Leaders and high-ups should feel confident that the people they are working with are all striving for the betterment of the company. It also gives the employers peace of mind knowing that none of their employees have histories of violence, drug addiction or counts of a misdemeanor. It is better to run a background check during the initial interview than having to find out the hard way that they are not someone you want working for your company.

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