5 Tips for Conducting Effective Background Checks

Background checks don’t just protect an employer from the possibility of theft by employees—they’re also important to improve employee loyalty and protect other employees from safety threats in the workplace.

SecuritySystemReviews.com, a site that provides the home security system reviews, offers the following list of tips for business owners and employers to use background checks to improve the safety and security of a workplace:

  1. Always conduct background checks prior to hiring an employee. It’s much less expensive, time-consuming and potentially dangerous to conduct a background search during the hiring process, as opposed to conducting an investigation after an employee has been hired and may have engaged in misconduct. Even with the best security system in-place, employees can find opportunities to conduct criminal activity once placed in a particular position within a company. It’s best to take preemptive action against such threats.
  2. Choose specific background checks on the position being filled. For example, an individual who is applying for a financial position should likely submit to a credit check, whereas a potential employee who will be driving on the job should be subject to a driving record check. All employees, regardless of position, should be required to undergo a criminal background check. Background checks that can be conducted in addition to criminal and driving records include sex offender registries, employment and educational verification, and personal references.
  3. Always alert potential employees that background checks will take place if an individual opts to apply for a position. It’s important to fully disclose what information will be obtained and how it will be used. Employers should also state from the start, beginning with employment ads, that all laws will be followed during the background checks completed.
  4. Always ask applicants to give their written consent before conducting a background search of any kind.
  5. Background checks should be conducted by a trained human resources professional or an outside organization that specializes in this type of service. If an online company is used to conduct background searches, the employer should ensure the company is obtained legally and accurately by choosing a reputable company.