Background Check: What?

What is Background Check?

According to business dictionary.com, background check is “the act of reviewing both confidential and public information to investigate a person or entity’s history”. Background checks are commonly performed by employers to ensure that an employee is who he or she says they are, to determine that the individual does not have a damaging history (such as criminal activity) that may reflect poorly on the company, and to confirm information that an applicant included on their application for employment.

I am sure you have heard so many stories of theft in the workplace, false information on resume, falsification of personal documents and even fake work and character referees. There are reasons why these things happen in some organizations and why some other organizations don’t experience it.

Background checks are also very germane to the survival of an organization, especially when hiring for a security/financial sensitive role. These checks are often used by employers as a means of judging a job candidate’s past mistakes, character, and fitness, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons. Below are some of the benefits of background check:

  • It prevents a firm from hiring individuals with forged results. Remember the case of the fake medical doctor that had worked in the ministry of health for about 10 years undetected.
  • It prevents theft within an organization. Carrying out background check on your employees prevents you from hiring an individual with a track record of stealing.
  • It helps reduce financial loss. Employing a candidate with false credentials can cause you company financial loss through the poor decisions made by the individual.

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