Just why do pre-employment background checks exist?

Just why do pre-employment background checks exist?

How can you be absolutely certain your potential hire is honest and trustworthy? At the very least, how can you determine the applicant is the person they say they are? For over three decades at GroupOne Background Screening, easing such concerns has been our mission.

A pre-employment background check plays a crucial role in allowing companies to save valuable time and money otherwise wasted on the – how do you say it? – “bad eggs.” Here’s an example of why pre-employment background checks are important.

One of our team members called a healthcare company a few weeks ago. We explained we were doing an employment verification of a former employee only to discover the employee had been terminated and was not eligible for rehire. And yes, this was not listed on the résumé.

This candidate was potentially one of those already mentioned bad eggs. For every company, the hiring process is difficult. You need to hire the best candidates with the best qualifications. In reality – and that’s what we reveal at GroupOne – many candidates are not what they initially seem.

Oftentimes, we discover exaggerations of abilities, subtle lies about previous salaries and false information on recent responsibilities. Of course, such exaggerations are listed for the purpose of getting the job, survival of the fittest, as they say. But employers are left exposed to the wasted costs of hiring and onboarding potential “bad hires.”

Truth be told, accomplished employee screening is not only important for employers, it’s necessary for employees when proving they have nothing to hide.

Bottom line – it’s about having the right information to make the right decision.

What is in pre-employment background checks?
The basic background check involves the applicant’s name, birthday and social security number. With this information, we can access databases to find out more about the candidate. Additional investigations include:

    Employment History – You can check the previous work history of the candidate and how long they were employed.

    Identity Verification – You can confirm your applicant has provided a valid name and social security number. You can also find out if the applicant is a U.S. citizen and has permission to work in the country.

    Education Background – An education background check is important because you can confirm your applicant has the right degree to perform the duties related to the position.

    Criminal History – You can reveal if the applicant was convicted of a crime or they’re on probation. You can also learn if the candidate has outstanding warrants or is on a sex offender registry.

    Credit Check – This shows if your candidate has a history of being financially responsible, important if their job is to care of the company’s finances.

Pre-employment background checks are necessary if you want to have a clear picture of your potential employee. Simply put, you’re trying to see if your candidate is telling the truth.

The key to consistent and dependable background checks is to partner with a provider such as GroupOne who are experts in successfully conducting pre-employment screenings from multiple sources.

Here at GroupOne, we adhere to the laws of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In addition, we’re here so you can feel safe that your background screening services are completely compliant.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions about our services.

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