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Frequently Asked Questions About Background Check

A few posts back, we talked about Background Check, its benefits as well as the perfect time for background check in an organization among a few others. Today, we will be summarizing all these articles relating to background check into the top 10 questions that our clients ask us when it comes to Background Check. Here they are:

Q1. What does background check entail?

Ans: Several incidences in Nigerian public and private terrains have consistently been making cases for the need for all spheres of our corporate existence to seriously imbibe Background Check Services to safeguard their businesses and interests.

Background Check entails authenticity check of every information gathered from the candidate. It goes from as little as birth certificate to determine his/her age, to as far as professional and/or communal membership he/she belongs to. Most times this information to be verified are submitted by the candidates themselves.

Q2. Who carries out background check?

Ans: Background check could be performed internally by the organization itself or contracted out to an external company.

However, contracting the service out is perceived to be best, this is because as much as you want to be sure that you get the desired outcome from the exercise, you also want to be sure the result is not confounded. Also, it allows you to concentrate on the primary bottom line of your organization.

Mark Calthers Consulting’s Background Check Unit was established for employers to have access to a trusted verification partner. Operating as a Human Resources research unit, the documents of your staff are checked and reported with the prior knowledge and authorization of such staff or in utmost secrecy with just the written approval of your organization’s management.

Q3. How often should background check be carried out?

Ans:  we advise that for Background check should be carried out twice a year for active members of staff and immediately before employing any staff. The latter is done to avoid hiring unqualified person or basically a fraudulent staff.

Q4. What does a background check report cover?

Ans: A standard background check report would cover the following: Education verification, Character reference check, Guarantors verification, Previous employers’ verification, professional degree or membership verification and Criminal check and a host of many others depending on the type of verification requested by the employer and the type of staff being employed.

Q7. What’s the basis of carrying out background check on my staff?

Ans: Background check exercise is extremely important in every organization. The reason is that hiring Lazy, unqualified, employees with criminal records, staff with falsified documents etc., will end up creating a bad reputation, severe damages and/or financial loss for the organization on the long run, so why wait for something that could have been prevented from inception.

Q8. Are the candidates/employees usually aware that they are being screened?

Ans: candidates are not supposed to be aware they are being screened, as this would definitely have serious feedback on the outcome of the exercise, especially for those staff who are unqualified, employees with criminal records, with falsified documents. If these candidates are aware of the screening, some of them would go to any lengths to cover their tracks and ensure that the Background Check report tallies with the information they provided.

Q9. What companies are background check suitable for?

Ans: Background check is suitable for all companies.

Q10. What’s the importance of Background Check

Ans: Background Check is conducted to avail employers access to the true knowledge of the kind of staff they are employing or that they have working for them. The exercise is conducted in utmost secrecy with just the written approval of your organization’s management. This exercise goes on to put the employers’ mind at ease as he knows the kind of staff he/she has and result oriented plans are made to improve the organization’s bottom line.

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