The Implications of North Phoenix Pre-Employment Background Checks or Do you know who you are hiring?
A few decades ago, employee background checks or investigations were pretty much unheard of. You placed an ad, someone applied and if the person seemed qualified and you liked them, they got the job.
Today, hiring someone has turned into a science of sorts. While the first step still is evaluating resumes, many employers are performing a more or less thorough and refined background check before inviting job applicants to interviews.
Almost everyone has been deceived by someone at one point in their lives and job applicants are not exempt from the group of people who may or may not be who they claim to be. The ways one can deceive their employers are varied and many. From faking an injury to working for someone else while claiming to be off sick, fake or embellished resumes and even fake degrees are not unheard of. Conducting a thorough North Phoenix background check before hiring a future employee has become a “have to”, these days
Here are a few tips on why or how to check the background of potential employees:
Reasons to Conduct a Background Check?
Untruthful or embellished information on resumes is no rarity. Sometimes a job seeker extends his or her previous employment by a few months to give the appearance of being a solid worker. Others fluff up job duties and job titles, while others go as far as to claim to have degrees they never received or completed.
Other reasons for background checks include if you are hiring for positions with sensitive data, money handling responsibilities or working with children, elderly and other groups requiring caregivers.
Negligent hiring suits have been on the rise as well, so if you hired someone without looking into their background and that employee ends up costing the company or its customers money, you could be liable for it and that is never a good thing.
There is a multitude of reasons why it is a good idea to look into someone’s professional and criminal background.
What’s in a Background Check?
A standard background check can include the following information:
- Driving records
- Character references
- Medical records
- Property ownership
- Military records
- State licensing records
- Drug test records
- Past employers
- Personal references
- Incarceration records
- Sex offender lists
- Vehicle registration
- Credit records
- Criminal records
- Social Security Number
- Education records
- Court records
- Workers’ compensation
That is a lot of information that is out there about possible employees and even those applicants who have nothing to hide may be wary of background checks as sometimes information is brought to light that is plain wrong, or taken out of context and can be misinterpreted and lead to a person with impeccable record not being hired.
While some complain about background checks and suspicious employers, others boldly display their fake credentials on social media sites such as LinkedIn. A blog on PI Buzz describes how you can use the advanced feature on LinkedIn to uncover those who have fake diplomas purchased of Almeda, which is a well known unaccredited diploma mill that let’s your purchase degrees based on your life experience. While this is a nice idea, if the employer buys into it, he got duped. There are many other ways to discover who has a fake degree, and a private investigator is your best bet of verifying said information.
Problems with Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks in North Phoenix and elsewhere, are not as reliable and standardized as one may suspect. While they are an integral part of everyday life and are conducted for adoption purposes, employment verification, immigration, and government clearance jobs, they are often not understood properly.
While you can attempt to perform criminal background checks on your own, you are best off hiring a professional who knows where to find the information and what the information found is actually worth.
As a private person your best bet is to check court records in the jurisdiction of where the person you are looking into has worked and lived. Some states even have an online database where you can check statewide criminal records. Currently there are about 20 states that have online information on criminal records, while other states allow for offline data access to verify someone’s criminal background.
Of course, employees are not the only ones you should look into. If your company is merging with another or you are considering taking in a partner in your business, it is essential that you hire a private investigator to perform a due diligence investigation.
What is Due Diligence Investigation?
Due Diligence investigations are designed to uncover inconsistencies, falsehoods or misrepresentations of those involved in a merger, acquisition, partnership or large investment. The more information you have about the parties you are dealing with, the more secure you can be with your business deal.
While criminal background checks are part of the due diligence investigation (as are sex offender registries) they also include civil and criminal litigation history, affiliations to non-profits, credit history, professional licenses and more.
No matter if you are looking for a partner for your multi -million dollar conglomerate or if you are looking to hire a cashier for your mom and pop shop, in either case you trust a stranger with the future of your business and your livelihood. Knowledge gives you the power to make the best decision you can based on information you have.
In a society that has become exceedingly lawsuit happy, you need to ensure that you protect your interest the best way you can. And while you can do a lot of research on your own, it pays to hire a North Phoenix professional private detective who knows where to get information and what the information is worth. However, always keep in mind that if you view information out of context, it can lead to wrong conclusions and take a chance from someone who may have otherwise deserved it.
TBL Investigator has been providing due diligence and criminal background investigations to Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek and surrounding communities for many years. If you are looking to learn more about people who are dealing with and want information you can rely on, contact us today.