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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Background Check / Employment Screening?
“Background check” is a common term used to describe any one or a combination of reports collected about individuals for employment purposes. The technical term used by the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) for a collection of such data is a “consumer report,” defined as “…any written, oral, or other communication of any information by a consumer reporting agency bearing on a consumer’s credit worthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, or mode of living.
Employment screening is an effective tool used by the prospective employers for selecting suitable candidates for their organization. The overall objective of personnel screening is to ‘protect’ the prospective company from employing new personnel who attempt to exaggerate, make false claims or intentionally withhold information. This exercise went a long way in helping an employer to avoid misrepresentation of information by job seekers. Early detection could eliminate avoidable cost to the hiring entity later on.
Why Background verification?
“Never Judge a Book by its Cover.”
Background screening is quickly becoming standard practice in many companies and businesses across the world. Organizations are continually on the lookout for new ways to mitigate their risk, and conducting background checks is an effective and easy way to do so. In terms of recruitment, it means something very unique. When it comes to selecting the best candidates to work for your business, going deeper than just face value should be a routine practice.
Background check are often used by employers as a means of judging a job candidate’s past mistakes, character, and fitness, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons.
Benefits of pre-employment background screening and of conducting background check throughout individuals’ employment tenure cannot be turned a blind eye. Dangers of hiring and on-boarding employees with fudged education certificates, tampered salary slips are self-evident. Dangers increase exponentially when risks are also about on-boarding employees who indulge in substance abuse or have a criminal history, or fall in bad books of colleagues and reporting managers.
How many days it will take for background verification?
It takes on average 2 weeks, and sometimes 3-4 weeks, to obtain a complete report about the background of the potential employee. This includes verification of past employment details, education qualifications, Address and criminal records.
What if background verification fails?
Depending on the specific company practise or policy. Background checks are typically performed by employers on new hires after an offer has been made and accepted, and the offer letter will mention that the employment offer is subject to the outcome of a satisfactory background check. If a background check reveals that an employee lied on their résumé or on their employment application, they will probably lose their jobs. How could someone be trusted as an employee if they lack integrity to the point that they would lie on the first official corporate document they are required to submit (the employment application)?
Leaving aside the question of integrity, people occasionally lie about their background, qualifications, education, licences, certifications, etc. They might not be able to carry out the tasks for which they were hired in certain circumstances. That might result in expensive mistakes and possibly put individuals in risk. Therefore, performing background checks on prospective workers is not just a matter of honesty; it also has to do with quality hiring.