The Dos and Don’ts of Background Checks For Employees

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In order to get your business off the ground, then the chances are that you need to hire a small team or use freelancers from time to time on certain projects. Doing background checks on employees can give you some peace of mind about those people you are employing, as well as keep things legal. Because, of course, you should only be hiring those people that are legally able to work in the country you’re in. However, depending on where you live in the world or even in what state, can depend on what background checks that you’re allowed to perform. So here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to background checks for employees. You don’t want to get anything wrong.

Do Conduct Checks Where You’re Allowed

Where permitted, background checks are pretty important. You can check the truthfulness of applications, as well as screening candidates for promotions and hiring in general. If you are hiring for a role that involves access to confidential or financial information, then it can be of paramount importance. The same goes for things relating to children and the vulnerable; these checks can be so very important. So if the law in the state you live in, or the country you live in permits it, then it should be done.

Do Check Documentation and Proof of Identity

As part of the interview process these days, it makes sense to check people’s documentation and proof of identity. If they have your country’s equivalent of the e-adhar card, then that can be pretty useful, as it has biometric information about them. Meaning no one else can be using that card. Passports, visas, and other ID documents are important too. You don’t want to be hiring someone that legally, shouldn’t be working for you. So due diligence is very important here.

Don’t Discriminate

You can get yourself into some hot water if you base your employment decisions on anything other than their legality to work and their qualifications. So treat all applications the same. Take, for example, the result of a background check. If someone who has had credit issues in the past would not qualify them for the role as it is finance based, then you need to apply that rule to all races and applicants. So keep things the same for everyone, and you will ensure a good hiring process.

Do Limit Background Checks

Although you should be performing background checks where possible, it is not necessary to know everything about an applicant. Make sure that you are limiting what background check you get, by only looking at the things that are required for the role or what can be legally checked on. Things like medical records and family history should have no need to be looked into. So keep things legal and right, and only check on the things that would be relevant for the role, such as financial history for a relevant role, criminal convictions, driving records, or results of drug testing.

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