6 Reasons Why Background Checks Should Be Performed

Hiring can be a very tedious, long, and drawn-out task. Many times, by the time you have found a suitable candidate, the hiring manager is eager to close out that specific position. However, it is always worthwhile to take the extra step to have a background check run on potential hires. The following are 6 reasons why it is so important for your clients, company, and you to conduct background checks. 

1. Criminal Convictions

It is very important to know if a prospect has a criminal history that might impact their job performance. For example, if you are hiring a person to work with children, then you don’t want to hire anyone who has an assault history. Quit smoking hypnotist Graeme Hoyle says “If you are hiring a person who will be handling money, then anyone with a record of theft charges should be avoided.”

2. Lower Your Liability Risk

When you hire people that you do not know anything about, it is risky. Reduce your risk by learning more about their history. Run a background check to limit your liability. Eliminate any candidate who has a history that can negatively impact their ability to properly perform their job. For example, you don’t want to hire someone who has a history of DUIs to be a truck driver.  

3. Get To Know Your Hire 

Applicants are attempting to land a job. They put their best foot forward and show you just the parts of themselves that will benefit the company. Conducting a background check will give you a clearer picture of the person you are hiring. Caboolture upholstery expert Peter Finn says, “These checks can help to cut through the facade of an interview to better understand who a person actually is and if they will be a good addition to your business.”

4. Protect Your Clients, Company, and Employees 

When you really understand the people you are employing it will help to protect your clients, employees, and company. From sex offenders to violent criminals, there are some people who are looking for a job that is too big of a risk for you to hire. If you were to hire a violent criminal and failed to conduct a background check and they assaulted a fellow employee, you can be held liable. Performing a background check adds an extra layer of protection from harm for your clients, employees, and you. 

Security expert Mushirali says major breaches in professional settings usually occur when an inside party is involved. Ensuring your employees are vetted to the best of your ability is paramount because it protects your business and your employees.

5. Verify Certifications and Education 

When a background check is conducted it is also a good chance for you to verify an applicant’s education as well as any special certifications they are claiming to hold. You can do this to verify their honesty, or in some cases, that they can legally hold the positions. There are certain industries where it is legally necessary to have certain degrees or certifications to perform a job. Close Consulting who specialise in terminations note that serious legal issues can arise if you do not properly vet your employees and their qualifications prior to hiring them. Not only will they be providing services without being fully qualified, but they can also turn it back onto you in the event of a termination.

6. Give You Peace of Mind

When you know who you are hiring, you can have peace of mind when it comes to adding them to your team. Quit smoking hypnotherapist Christopher Michaels says, “When running your own business, you already have enough to deal with without having to worry about employee violence or theft.” 
Having background checks run will give you the chance to learn as much as you possibly can about the individual you are planning to hire. You should always take the time to take this extra step. It will always pay off! If you are needing to conduct a background check in your business, contact one of our professional investigators today.

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