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Different Types Of Background Checks Explained

Different Types Of Background Checks Explained

The last thing you need to do before hiring a candidate is to run a background check on them. A background check can reveal important information about a candidate that you cannot gather from their resume, interview, or references.

There are many types of background checks that reveal different kinds of information about a candidate. This article will explain the different types of background checks and help you determine which ones to use.

 

A Basic Background Check Should Include:

Criminal History: this shows whether a candidate has committed any criminal offenses at the county, state, and federal level. A clean criminal record may be important for positions of security and/or trust.

 

Social Security Verification: this shows whether a candidate is who they say they are and verifies whether the personal information they submitted is truthful. This information can also be used to verify if a candidate is eligible to work in the States.

 

Address History: this traces the previous addresses of a candidate and makes it easier to verify other research, and may reveal other jurisdictions where a criminal background check should be performed.

 

U.S. Terror Watch List: this checks if a candidate is on the U.S. terror watch list.

 

Sex Offender Registry Check: this checks if a candidate is a registered sex offender.

 

Additional Screening Options Depending on Your Needs:

Employment Verification: this verifies whether a candidate was actually employed by their previous employers.

 

Credit Check: this lets you see a candidate’s credit history and their ability to meet financial obligations.

 

Student Records: this lets you verify whether a candidate has received the level of education they claim.

 

Driving Records: this lets you see the status of a candidate’s driver’s license and if they’ve had any traffic accidents or violations. Needless to say, this is essential for jobs that involve driving.

 

Professional License Verification: this lets you see if an applicant has the professional licenses required for the job.

 

Running background checks on your candidates is a vital part of the hiring process. While it may cost you to do background checks, the cost of a bad hire may be exponentially higher and more damaging to your business. Now that you know about the different types of background checks, you can go ahead and decide which checks you want to run on your future candidates!

 



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Stanley leads content at Merlin. He's on a mission to match the right candidates with the right employers. When he's not writing, he can be found playing with Google Analytics, running A/B tests, and learning Javascript.

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