Many people are still confused about Background Checks.
Stories about abuses and inaccuracies in the background check system create a feeling of distrust about the entire process.
Despite this, the majority of Background Checks are not only conducted completely up front but with a focus on accuracy.
Read on as I dispel 4 Common Misconceptions about Background Checks.
The entire process surrounding Background Checks and the companies that process them is filled with Misconceptions and Mystery. Here I will discuss 4 of the most common of these and try to “clear the air”.
- Misconception 1: Detectives Conduct Most Background Checks.
The majority of Background Check Companies do not bill themselves as “detectives” or private investigators. They are careful to conduct all inquiries using a signed release and with full disclosure (a universally suggested best practice).
All parties know exactly what information is being gathered and have consented to being screened.
Background Checks are designed to verify the information supplied by the applicant and, at a certain point in the process, to determine whether that applicant will be a safe hire.
Despite belief to the contrary, it is not a means to “detect” information on an applicant’s social activities or private life. In most cases, the screening does not extend to asking questions of friends or relatives concerning anything personal (there are some positions in “security sensitive” occupations where this is necessary).
The bottom line; there should be no mystery in what is done during the Background Check process if done correctly. Everyone involved should be kept up to speed and informed.
- Misconception 2: Only Big Companies Need to do Background Checks.
Anyone who is hiring, even small companies or individuals, would benefit greatly from the use of background checks.
A background check is designed to help any employer make a safe and skilled hire. A small company can be especially vulnerable when the hire “goes bad”. Using background checks consistently as part of the process can help shield a company from litigation or violence in the workplace. Both of which can bankrupt small business.
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The Background Check process should not surrounded by secrecy or misconceptions. The more we address these issues, and bring the entire process “into the light of day”, the better off we will be. After all, Background Check companies and their Clients are really all in this together!
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