When dealing with recruitment processes and strategies, background checks can prove to be an effective form of insurance against various factors which can be detrimental for the company, associates, and work environment. When considering conducting background checks, it is critical to understand several aspects: how they can be beneficial to your company, the assortment of checks that can be performed, and the costs associated.
Protection and insurance are two of the most key components in anyone’s personal or professional life. Background checks during the clinical recruitment process can serve to provide both. Through the application of these checks, a company is able to research a candidate’s credit history, confirm education and employment history, and review driving, criminal and court records. This information can provide valuable information to either confirm or deny the qualities of your top candidates.
As you can imagine, hiring a candidate with a negative or shady history could be easy without conducting a thorough background check. Of course this could open the door for serious risks and consequences with the impact being devastating to the work environment, company atmosphere, and employee morale. By proactively performing background checks, you help to secure the integrity of the company, your employees, and reduce turnover.
There are two basic types of background checks: professional and personal. Both types of checks are vital to securing data about a candidate. Each form of background check analyzes different aspects and characteristics of a candidate and can prove to be valuable predictors for how he/she may perform in the position and in the work environment.
Professional background checks are done through a separate company or through the use of specific software services. These are the most thorough, but also the most costly. Professional background checks, provided by services such as Intelius, Identity P.I., and US Search, can range in prices, but an intermediate check is around fifty dollars.
Personal background checks are carried out through the hiring manager or the associate in charge of the recruitment process. These personal background checks, while far easier and simpler than a professional background check, are just as vital. In this instance, the recruiter uses basic Internet search methods to uncover a candidate’s personal history. “Googling” a candidate’s name and viewing his/her profile on various social networking websites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, can all provide information about a candidate’s professionalism, personality, traits, attitudes, and beliefs.
Background checks are not only a way to uncover possible negative aspects of a candidate, but can also serve to reaffirm previous positive evaluations as well. Through the implementation of professional and personal background checks, a company is able to protect its employees, assets, and atmosphere, as well as reduce turnover and take progressive steps toward a successful and beneficial work environment for all.
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Written by Ryan Miller
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