Monday, June 12, 2017

How to Use Background Checks Wisely



More business owners than ever before understand the importance of using employment background checks.

These savvy owners realize that knowing as much as possible about the people they hire is, simply put, good business. But that doesn't mean that these same owners are actually using these checks to their full potential! 

There is more to background checks than just using them to screen your new hires. Background and Due Diligence checks can be used for so much more!

Here you will find some suggestions on how to use background checks wisely in your business



First, it is important that you start off on the right foot and choose Your Background Check Company with Care! 



While it is possible to do your background checks in-house, hiring a qualified company makes sense. They will help you determine what to check and why it is important ~ and save you time and money in the long run.  

Take the time to interview a few before signing on. Make sure they are inline with how you want to do business and are ready to help you achieve your top hiring goals.

Discover more in "5 Tips to Help You Choose the Best Background Check Company for You"!


Next, you should stay updated on Local, State, and Federal Employment Screening Laws.

This can be daunting as these laws and regulations can be different from locality to locality and state to state. Even the current administration can change how background checks can be legally used. 

Keeping up with these changes is definitely where hiring a good background check company can help. It is their job to stay on top of these laws and regulations so you can concentrate on your business.


Now you are ready to use Background Checks to their full advantage.









4 Wise Ways to Use Background Checks in Your Business

  • Run Background Checks on all New Hires (including Temps and Interns)
  • Periodically Re-Screen Existing Employees
  • Vet other Companies with a Due Diligence Investigation
  • Use Social Media as a Part of Your Background Check

Screen all New Hires
Before hiring anyone, you need to know as much as possible about them. Taking the time from the beginning to verify that the information found in their application or resume is truthful is good business.

Re-Screen Existing Employees
Background checks shouldn't be seen as a "one and done". That is where re-screening comes in. This is especially important if you are considering your employee for a promotion or transfer. Additional duties, added responsibilities, and increased access to company information and assets should prompt you to screen for information relevant to their possible new position.

Do Your Due Diligence
Anytime you are considering partnering or doing business with another company, that business should be screened. Checking for things like past bankruptcies and civil suits makes sense.

Social Media Checks
Checking to see what is "out there" about potential employees and companies you are thinking of doing business or collaborating with is important. 

For employees, you should look for negative posts about past employers or posts mentioning illegal activities. For companies, you should focus on online reviews, both good and bad, and things like their BBB rating.

Discover more about these uses and others in "6 Tips on Using Background and Due Diligence Checks in Your Business"!


With any background check, your goal should be to use them as a way to obtain the information you need to make wise business decisions.


Being knowledgeable and savvy is good for You and Your Business!

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