Background checks: What to expect when getting OnBoarded

By Procom

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We’re living in a digital world.

And when it comes to interests of the internet, it seems as though even the most average of sleuthing enthusiasts can abracadabra into Sherlock Holmes and expose online footprints you thought long covered. Certainly, a quick Google and/or social media search is the first approach one takes when deciding to move forward with a potential acquaintance… right?

It’s 2018. Of course it is!

Well, recruiting is kind of the same. Just like said enthusiasts like to do a little digital digging before making a decision, hiring managers also like to complete one or more background checks before a position is offered. "Background checks help employers safeguard their reputations by creating safer, more secure work environments staffed by qualified employees," says Delia Alves-Fagundes, a Client Services Team Lead with Procom. "The background check is often a final step taken by employers to help ensure a sound hiring decision and they protect the employer from a number of potential risks associated with job competence, workplace safety, workplace theft, honesty & integrity."

So here's what the checks are and why we need each of them:

Criminal checks

Why they're completed 

Criminal checks are used to ensure workplace safety as employers face certain responsibilities for their employees' welfare as well as the safety of their customers, vendors and or visitors. "If you’ve been convicted of a criminal offense for which a pardon or record suspension has not been granted, always be honest while filling out the consent forms, as these offenses will show up on the final report," advises Afshan Arouj, a Client Services Coordinator with Procom. 

 

Credit checks

Why they're completed 

Credit checks will list data such as past employment, insurance and legal activity. Credit checks are typically used for applicants that are applying to jobs that deal with money. Delia explains, "Bank accounting and positions where confidentiality is important will require these checks." 

 

Employment references

Why they're completed

Employment or reference checks from previous employers will give a potential future employers an indication of what it's like to work with you.

They're completed to lend credence to your resume and interview and will provide a summary of your character and work ethic. "Employment references will also identify any concerns or issues from previous employers," Delia admits. 

 

Education validation

Why they're completed

Education validations will confirm candidate credentials and job competence.

Education is the foundation for your work experience. And certain positions require a particular level of education or professional designation for the responsibilities required. 

When you're ready to get started, your OnBoarding specialist will inform you of what, if any, background checks and documents will be required. Pay attention to the details of their emails and your conversations, as you can either expedite or hold up your contract!

Are you working with a staffing agency to find your next great opportunity? 


by Procom

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