When you are looking for a new employee, you make sure the screening process is very good so that you find the best. While you busy with that, you may tend to forget to do background verification. People tend to feel that background check is same as reference check as both are before the screening process. Many resumes include inaccurate information most of which can be done with a good background check. If you are not really good with that, it can be taken care of by some of the background verification companies.
Employers go for background verification, not because the applicant is lying on their resume. The background check is done as a final step when they have decided to hire the applicant. The background check is either internally or they hire background check companies, to make sure you’re a top-quality candidate and they have not taken a wrong step. The check is done for several different reasons, sometimes it might be based on the company and it’s not always about cross checking the profile. Background verification becomes important because once the person is hired and later stages it is revealed that the qualifications are false, it reflects poorly on the employer.
Here is the list of some of the things take in consideration for background checks
- Resume verification, to check if the applicant hasn’t lied about the qualification
- Applicants credit check
- Criminal records
- Alcohol and drugs test
As applicant, you may feel that the background check may invasion privacy, don’t have to worry about it as the company doesn’t not have any authority to go in deep about your personal details. The government offers some protections in terms of what type of information employers can look at during a background check. Generally the company has to request and receive a permission letter from you before they start the check. Due to the reports in case the company decides not to hire you, they are required to inform you and give you a copy of the report.