Conducting Background Checks

March 26, 2012 — 2,356 views  
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Society has increasingly become more mobile. People often relocate for school and work, and rarely stay in the town or city where they were raised. While the transient world offers professionals many new opportunities, it also poses great risks for employers. Therefore, it is essential that a company conduct background checks on each prospective employee before any new hire.

The first part of a traditional background check is gathering the necessary information from potential employees. Businesses need to acquire a positive form of identification like a driver's license or passport to confirm the full name, date of birth and current address of the prospect. In addition, an employer may want to obtain the person's Social Security number to further verify his or her identity.

After preliminary documentation is compiled, a hiring manager needs to confirm the information that's been collected. An Address History Search through the information of the three major credit bureaus will reveal past addresses, aliases and past or current residents at the provided address. Confirmation of this information is paramount to a successful background check, because if none of it produces results, the data could be forged.

Once that private information has been validated, hiring managers should search public records to discover the financial stability, court records, driving history and birth certificates of potential employees. The findings could paint a thorough picture of the prospective hire and speak to his or her credibility.

A background check has become a common staple in the employment process. With many people moving across state and country borders, having accurate information on file is essential for employers.