People get background checks for lots of reasons. It may be because of possible employment, renting an apartment or home, or even online dating. No matter what the reason, you are trying to make sure that you can trust the person and they are who they say they are. However, if you own a business and are hiring new employees, there are a few things that you may need to look for when you run a background check.
Of course, if you notice that something pops up in their criminal history that can be a problem. It will normally show things like a traffic ticket, and if you have any unpaid tickets. However it will also show if the person has committed anything from a misdemeanor to theft to something even worse. If you are running a business and are looking for someone to hire, you may want to be more cautious towards someone who has several recent misdemeanor than someone who may have had one felony a while ago.
Another thing you may want to look out for is a large gap in employment. If this is on their resume and have attempted to explain it then it may not be too much of an issue. However, if they left it off of their resume and you get their report back and see there was a gap, there are several problems with this. First of all, you know they weren’t being truthful when they explained their previous employment. Secondly, if you see that there are several gaps and you can see there may be a pattern, it can show that the person is unreliable.
Another thing that may be a problem is if they deny certain previous employment. It is acceptable for people to leave off jobs from their resumes that they didn’t work at for very long, or if they don’t believe it will add value to their image. As with the gap in employment, if the person denies that they worked somewhere, even if it’s on their background check, then that person may also be seen as unreliable. The key with this is if they lied about their employment history, what else have they or will they lie about?
Financial history is also important to look at when hiring for a position that deals with lots of money or expensive merchandise. If the person’s credit score is low, or the background check also shows there was a bankruptcy, it may show that they are financially irresponsible. This can also be a sign that financial issues and stresses at home may affect their performance at work, or they aren’t able to handle money or complex financial systems.
Even if some or all of these red flags show up in a interviewees background check, it is against the law to deny employment to that person. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC, says that and employer cannot deny someone employment based solely on the persons criminal record. The employer should consider the offense and severity of it, how long ago it was, and the position the person is applying for when they are choosing if it is a “business necessity” to hire or not hire the person. Businesses should follow the EEO laws, and if they have any questions they can find more information through EEOC or the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
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