Tips on Conducting Background Checks

By Chaudhary Khalid Rafiq | Dec 19, 2017

Background checks are definitely very important in the process of evaluating an employee’s status and future at your fir. It provides an in-depth look at an employee’s past, from which certain deductions can be made.

We’re here to help you with certain tips to help you conduct an effective and seamless background check:

Be broad and thorough.

When performing a background check, make sure that you always look at a more expansive spectrum. Consider the employee’s education, criminal history, social media activities, driving history, and so much more. When you look at just a specific item, you’re narrowing out yourself and you stand to lose out on great employees that way. You can also be put under investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission for discriminating against employees based on just a single criterion, no matter how negative the employee might have scored in such a criterion.

Don’t use the “box.”

Agencies like the EEOC and a wide array of other local counties are constantly making efforts to ban the use of the "box," basically being the question on employees that goes, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"

Rather than just discriminate straightaway, try to examine all employees equally. From three, you can run an extensive background check.

Obey the law

Based on the way people and companies have been known to conduct background checks, it will be required of you to have a legal release form completed by the employee, inform such an employee about their rights, and also provide a  copy of the report to the employee. You will need to maintain constant communication as well and keep the employee I the loop at all times.

Don’t break the laws

There are so many opportunities available to people on how to wrongly conduct background checks. You can’t just spring up one day and begin to conduct a people search on all your employees. This basically means that as an employer, it is your responsibility to obey the rules. Rules concerning background checks vary to a large extent, so make sure that you check with your legal representative if you don’t know how to proceed.

Ensure consistency

Ensure that you maintain a consistent process for all employees. Make sure that your employees have the same procedures and investigations run on them, especially if they hold the same job title or do basically the same thing.


If you find something of value when you embark on a background check, you should at the very least speak with the employee. That way, you can easily resolve a wide array of errors, mistakes, and misconceptions.

Do locate patterns.

Evaluating your employees is most effective by using both positive and negative patterns. A single good or bad act shouldn’t be the determining factor of an employee’s job capability. It is important for you to consider consistent behavioral patterns.

Seek the positive as well

People view background checks as deliberate means to locate negative information. Rather, you can also use a background check to look for certain positive traits that can tell you of an employee is right for a job.

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