This might surprise you,
but when employers
run a background check on you
it is because they WANT to hire you!
Yes, you read it right. By running a background check, Employers are simply looking for confirmation that they have made the right choice.
By this point in the hiring process, they have already read your resume, interviewed you, and, out of all the other candidates, picked you as a good hire.
They have invested a great amount of time and money. And they will have to spend even more screening you.
But while popular belief is that the intent of a background check is to find a way to keep you from getting the job, this is simply not true.
What is true is that employers are now looking for confirmation
that they have not been mislead and
you are who you say you are.
This is where the background check comes in!
When an employer starts the background check process, it is because they are interested. You have already met many of the criteria necessary to fit in and do the job.
However, they would be negligent if they did not make sure. Background checks are designed to do just that.
Trust but Verify!!! (my company motto)
Employers do not just assume that you have a dangerous criminal record or that you have lied on your resume. In fact, it is just the opposite. A background check is simply the final step to ensure they are making the right decision.
The reality is that most companies use background checks as part of the hiring process. This reflects their security concerns and increase in litigation surrounding unsafe hires.
In “6 Tips on Using Background Checks” for Small Business, I explain that “being forewarned is forearmed”;
“Having information on the people you employ and the companies you do business with may make the difference between a safe and profitable work environment and one that is rife with uncertainty.”
Using background checks is also is a direct result of the well publicized cases of uncovered resume lies ~ even among the highest ranking company employees. Read 8 Famous resume lies here!
But what is important to remember is that Background checks also benefit job seekers.
When you apply to a company that screens potential hires, you know you will all be on a more even playing field with the others who have applied. You will not be competing with those that inflated their skills or education.
While an embellished resume may get them noticed initially, they will not survive the additional scrutiny. And, in most cases, they will be excluded from consideration.
A company that uses Background checks
can also be a better place to work.
Screening shows that the employer is willing to invest the money and time to hire the best possible employee. And because of the additional effort it takes, employees are usually more valued and better managed.
It is also important to remember that if all employees have been properly screened, the likelihood of hiring someone with a violent criminal past is lessened. This results in a safer workplace for all.
The bottom line is that
Background Checks are not the enemy.
Companies are not using them to find something that will keep you from getting hired. The are really hoping they find the final reason to give you the job.
So the next time you are asked to sign a release for an employment background check, remember.....
this company wants you for the job. Not to find a way to keep you from getting it!
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