Types Of Background Checks.
There are a
variety of types of investigative searches that can be used by potential
employers or an individual. Most Common Background Checks are criminal
records, driving records, and education verification. Other checks may
include sex offender registry, credential verification, skills assessment,
reference checks, credit reports.
Employers or individual should
consider the position or association in question when determining which
types of searches to include, and should always use the same searches for
every applicant being considered for one.
Criminal Background Checks.
incarceration, and sex offender records.
There are several
types of criminal record searches available to employers, some more
accurate and up to date than others.
These "third party"
background checking agencies cannot guarantee the accuracy of their
information, thus many of them have incomplete records or inaccurate
The only way to conduct an accurate background check
is to go directly through the state. Most times using the state of
choice is much cheaper than using a "third party" agency.
websites offer the "instant" background check, which will search a
compilation of databases containing public information for a fee.
These "instant" searches originate from a variety of sources, from
statewide court and corrections records to law enforcement records
which usually stem from county or metro law enforcement offices.
There are also other database-type criminal searches, such as
statewide repositories and the national crime file. A commonly used
criminal search by employers who outsource is the county criminal
Citizenship, immigration, or legal working status.
The hiring of undocumented workers has become an issue for
American businesses since the forming of the Department of Homeland
Security and its Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division.
Many history making immigration raids over the past two years
have forced employers to consider including legal working status as
part of their background screening process.
All employers are
required to keep government Form I-9 documents on all employees and
some states mandate the use of the federal E-Verify program to
research the working status of Social Security numbers. With
increased concern for right-to-work issues, many outsourcing
companies are sprouting in the marketplace to help automate and store
Form I-9 documentation.
Some jobs are only available to
citizens who are residents of that country due to security concerns..
Type Of Background Checks That Are Available.
Social Media Background Check Are Now The
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Drug tests are used for a variety of
reasons, corporate ethics, measuring potential employee performance,
and keeping workers' compensation premiums down.
These are used primarily to see if the potential
employee had graduated from high school (or a GED) or received a
college degree, graduate degree, or some other accredited university
degree. There are reports of SAT scores being requested by employers
These usually range from
simple verbal confirmations of past employment and timeframe to
deeper, such as discussions about performance, activities and
accomplishments, and relations with others.
Credit history, liens, civil judgments, bankruptcy,
and tax information may be included in the report. Applicant Must
Express Permission For This Checks.
government authority that has some oversight over professional conduct
of its licensees will also maintain records regarding the licensee,
such as personal information, education, complaints, investigations,
and disciplinary actions.
Medical, Mental, and Physiological
evaluation and records
These records are generally not
available to consumer reporting agencies, background screening firms,
or any other investigators without documented, written consent of the
applicant, consumer or employee.
Although not as common today as it was in the past fifty years,
employers frequently requested the specifics of one's military
Those seeking employment in
the government relating in a field of national security, law
enforcement, or other field of safety or security may look into a
persons background not disclosed in applications. Those who fail a
polygraph test may not be selected. In the United States laws
regarding the use are under the Employee Polygraph Protection Act.
Social Security Number
(or equivalent outside the US). A
fraudulent SSN may be indicative of identity theft, insufficient
citizenship, or concealment of a "past life". Background screening
firms usually perform a Social Security trace to determine where the
applicant or employee has lived.
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