Today, we live in a world where employers are facing many challenges, including identifying the right talent, and verifying employment history, educational background, and criminal records. But when to run background checks? The answer isn’t as obvious as it seems.
What Is a Background Check?
Background checks are a common part of the hiring process for many employers. These checks are conducted to verify information provided by employees and to ensure that the person being hired is a good fit for the company. Background checks may include a variety of checks, such as:
- Criminal record checks
- Credit checks
- Employment verification
- Civil record report
- Reference checks
- Driving record report
- Address verifications
- Among others
To learn more about the entire range of background screening reports we offer at Plexus Global, please refer to the Background Screening section of our website.
When To Run Background Checks?
Most people are familiar with pre-employment background checks. However, that’s just one of the moments when companies should run background checks.
Before You Hire
Running a background check on potential employees is an important part of the hiring process. It helps identify potential red flags such as criminal history, drug screening, or falsified information on their application. Before you hire, you can conduct background checks to avoid costly hiring mistakes and protect your business.
For Current Employees
Background checks are not just limited to pre-employment screenings. Employers can also run background checks on current employees to identify any changes that may have occurred since their last check. If the nature of their job has changed, you can run a background check to ensure that they are still a good fit for the position.
Post-Accident or Incident
If there is an unexpected accident or incident, a background check may need to be conducted to identify any negligence or potential liability issues. For example, if there is an accident involving an employee operating heavy machinery, it may be necessary to run a background check to ensure they have the necessary qualifications and certifications to operate the equipment.
Periodic Background Checks
Employers can conduct periodic background checks to ensure that their employees are still compliant with company policies and maintain a good record. This may include running a criminal background check or a drug screening to identify potential issues that may have arisen since their last screening.
Plexus Global: Background Screening Services in California and Beyond
Plexus Global is a California-based background screening company serving organizations all over the U.S. and abroad.