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Key Types of Employee Background Check

HR Tech Outlook | Thursday, February 25, 2021

A criminal employee background check is aimed at revealing any known criminal history of the concerned individual at a state and federal level.

FREMONT, CA: A company’s workforce is its driving force. While a new hire brings new opportunities to the company, it also means additional risk to the business. This is why companies need to take a holistic approach towards employee background checking.

Here, we are discussing the types of Pre-Employment Screening Options and Their Purpose:

Criminal Records Check

A criminal employee background check is aimed at revealing any known criminal history of the concerned individual at a state and federal level. It should be noted that employers need to take care in their evaluation of the information found on these types of reports. Some states do not allow companies to run a criminal history check until after they have hired the candidate. If any relevant arrest cases have already been made known to the employer, a claim of reckless hiring could be made in case of any unfortunate incidents.

Offenses one can expect to find in this type of report includes:

• Pending cases or charges

• Outstanding warrants

• Felony and misdemeanor convictions

• Dismissed and acquitted case findings

Credit Reporting

Credit reporting may seem unimportant at first thought, but it is a useful method for developing an understanding of a candidate’s financial habits and also fiscal responsibility for certain types of positions involving money-related decision-making of a business. Determining the reliability of an employee by running a pre-employment background check is a smart decision for any hiring organization or company.

Important credit-related information that is at times visible on an employee credit check are:

• Current active credit accounts and limits summary

• Incurred debts like credit cards, mortgages, and student loans

• Payment histories on noted accounts

• Bankruptcies

• Collections and charge-offs

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