Quality Background Checks = Quality Hires
In the world of business, having the best of everything is the goal. Beating your competition means you need outstanding products, services and — perhaps most importantly — people. While you may already believe you have the highest-quality products and services, making sure you have the right people is a constant struggle. Whether you’re hiring people to replace previous staff or to grow your business, you want to be sure that those employees strengthen your business. Your workforce is the medium through which your products and services are delivered. Thus, even your top products or services won’t have the same value for your customers if your employees aren’t up to snuff.
Even a great judge of character may find it difficult to recruit candidates who are well-suited for your business. No matter how insightful your interview questions are or how savvy you are about reviewing applications and resumes, there are certain details you won’t learn about the job candidates either way. You need to be sure that what your job candidates are telling you is true. Further, you need to verify their claims for your peace of mind. That’s why background checks are an indispensable component of the talent search process for any business. It’s critical to do your due diligence behind the scenes as well as during the interview process.
Understanding how background checks work and what type of information they typically reveal is essential for anyone conducting a job search. Whether you’re a job seeker or a hiring professional, knowing the ins and outs of background checks is crucial. This will help you know what to expect so you can make more informed hiring decisions. For example, the type of information you can request during a background check may vary depending on the state in which you reside — with certain records such as military service and medical histories being inaccessible without the applicant’s permission. It’s also necessary to know the applicant’s rights when it comes to disputing the results of a background check. If the applicant believes that anything uncovered in the background check is in error, you may be responsible for following up with a more thorough investigation and reporting the findings.
The accompanying guide illustrates information hiring professionals need to know about background checks. You want to be sure your business is successful, which means you can’t afford to go into the hiring process with blind spots. Conducting background checks is an essential part of hiring. That’s why it pays to know as much as you can about how background checks work.
Guest blogger Christian Moore is COO at Global Verification Network. He has more than 20 years of investigative and business experience with competencies including surveillance, competitive intelligence, pre-employment and course-of-employment background screening.