A recruitment background check is the process of verifying the information supplied to an employer by a job candidate. Some believe that this means checking only the candidate’s criminal record, but it actually involves checking everything. This includes their employment history, their credentials, their references and any other claims they may have made.
Running a background check for employment is essential. If a candidate has falsified something in their resume, then you could end up employing a person who doesn’t actually have the skills and experience you need for your company. This also reflects the character of the candidate. Slight exaggerations on a resume are not uncommon – people are trying to sell themselves after all. But an outright lie is another story.
During a background check, employers will usually:
– Verify any education and academic credentials
– Very past employment – this can include checking details such as position, period of employment, salary and job performance
– Contact the references provided whether these are professional, business or personal
– Check criminal histories
– Run a credit check
– Check the candidates VEVO status (eligibility to work in Australia)
– Assist with obtaining government clearances
A background check may also include testing to confirm the candidate has the skills required for the job, and, only if it is absolutely necessary for the type of job – drug screening.
You may also decide to run a background check on someone you have already employed. Perhaps you’ve noticed some inconsistencies in what they said they can do and what they’ve actually been able to do. Or maybe you have your suspicions for another reason. Background checks can be run at any time! And if you discover that the individual was untruthful about their education, qualifications, experience or anything else, it is up to you to decide whether that is grounds for dismissal.