4 Reasons that make employee background checks essential in 2020

As a business owner, you may well have hired someone in the past that in hindsight you wished you hadn’t, especially if they have in any way acted in a manner that short-changed your business.

Perhaps you’d have known that the possibility existed that they wouldn’t be good for your business had you invested in an in-depth background check carried out by professionals.

This is where a professional investigative company like King Investigators comes into the picture, a picture well worth cultivating as a prevention rather than a cure, since the one is infinitely better than the other that requires damage control.

This team of professionals is able to work out a system that will work to your benefit whenever you really need the goods on someone’s background.

Here are a few things you may not have known about how in-depth background checks work, to give insight into what makes it worth having a private investigator on retainer with your company to do this for you.

  1. A centralised global database for criminal background checks for employment doesn’t exist

One misconception about criminal background checks, is that there is one database that carries all criminal records filed globally, which, while accurate to a certain extent, does not cover it all. Criminal records are spread across various databases internationally, compiled by different law enforcement bodies, making it a lot more complex than just typing a name into a program and hitting enter.

2. There are various types of background checks, not just criminal history checks

When you hear the term “background checks” you instantly think “criminal history, however, there are other checks that will also stand you in good stead if you’re to know who you’re really dealing with.

Credit history checks, sex offender registry checks, driving record checks, employment history checks and more all fall under this, however, as a private individual, you can only go so far before you need the services of a professional who knows exactly how to access records and databases you won’t have access to.

3. Using social media platforms for background checks won’t take you far enough

Contrary to popular belief, looking up your applicant on social media won’t qualify as an in-depth background check, and can’t be counted as due diligence. The information people post on social media platforms isn’t always the truth either, though it may give you an idea of their social life, but that’s about it. Its worth going to an in-depth level to protect your business as much as is possible, from the outset.

4. A background check can be used to identify inaccurate information on CV’s

Without doing a thorough background check you’ll never know if the info provided by an applicant in their CV is in fact accurate and true. Candidates are willing to give false information to improve their chances of getting hired, and, there are syndicates standing by to back up this false information should you wish to contact previous employers.

Though technology has brought a lot of positives with it, it has also made it easier for would-be fraudsters and criminals to gain access to businesses for nefarious reasons. A private investigator can provide far deeper verification checks that will allow you to know exactly who you are dealing with, right from day 1.

King Investigators will deliver in-depth background reports to you within 24 hours, reports that are thorough and professional enough to give you confidence about the decision you’ll be making, whether taking on a new employee, investing in a new company or taking on a new partner.

Should you require the assistance of trusted, reliable private investigators in South Africa to do background checks, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at King Investigators today, it’ll be one of the best investments in the future you’ll make!



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