Employee Background Check Process Should Not Be Ignored

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Questions To Ask When Employers Do A Background Check

The process for doing a background check can be narrowed down to signing up on a website, and typing in the email address of the person you are investigating. Employers are often placed in difficult situations just because they hire people who may have violent, or other criminal histories. You may not know everything there is to know about a potential employee, and truth be told, most prospective employees will not volunteer details of an unsavory past.

To avoid unexpected legal liabilities, you should ask certain critical questions of your employee before you hire them. It seems to me that many employers are not necessarily reluctant to ask questions about a person's past, but truly do not know which questions to ask. An employer might feel uncomfortable asking about the reason why someone was fired from their last job, but this might just be the tip of the iceberg; so to speak. Since there appears to be a growing trend towards resume falsification, you should ask more probing questions about a persons history.

To get the right answers, it is better not to grill an employee about certain things in his or her past. A more appropriate way to address this issue, is to get the future employee's permission to run a background check, including a credit report. A background check will reveal information that an employee may never discuss with you because of fear of recrimination. An appropriate background check process will take criminal, financial, and employment histories into consideration.

Although a proper background check may take some time, the extra waiting time and expense may well be worth it, since you can certainly eliminate potential risks that may come back to haunt you in the future. If a third-party of good repute conducts your background checks, you may be able to get the benefit of ensuring a clean criminal history, even to the extent of having the person's fingerprint processed through the FBI's database. This could be a very important step, as your business can potentially be indemnified from future criminal actions by this employee should he or she hurt your customer while in your employment.

So, the questions that you need to be answered by a potential employee may not need to be askedof them directly, but rather through a process of of proper and thorough background checks and employment verification, you can assure yourself that you are not hiring into an unnecessary risk. In my neck of the woods, new employees must do a medical check for full-time employment. Employers should also do a drug test for new hires as well. A credit check can be helpful towards identifying an employee's level of financial responsibility. If he or she is frivolous about not paying debts. This type of action t may be sending you a strong signal about how this employee will act if placed in a position to handle large amount of your cash!