4 Things You Should Know About Background Checks of Potential Employees

As a business owner, you’ve most probably hired someone in the past that you wished you didn’t. If you had taken the time to do a thorough background check, you’d have known that they weren’t a good fit for your business. But you won’t make the same mistake again. Not when there are organisations like King Investigators that offer in-depth background checks and is more than happy to help you develop a system that works for your company.

If you’ve ever wondered how background checks work, below are some things you might not have known.

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

One of the biggest misconceptions about criminal background checks is that there is one database that carries all criminal records filed in South Africa. It couldn’t be further from the truth. Criminal records are spread across various databases making it much more complex than just typing a name into a program and hitting enter.

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

When you hear the term “background checks” you instantly think “criminal history”. But it doesn’t stop there. You can do credit history checks, sex offender registry checks, driving record checks, employment history checks and more. You can select the type of checks to run on potential employees but you might want to go beyond criminal histor

  1. You can’t use social media for background checks

Contrary to popular belief, looking up your applicant on social media doesn’t count as a legitimate background check since it won’t qualify as due diligence. If your applicant commits a crime, it won’t save you from liability you might have predicted with a lawful check.

  1. 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 is in fact true. Candidates are willing to give false information to improve their chances of getting hired. A private investigator can offer verification checks that will allow you to find out the truth.

At King Investigators, our background reports can be delivered within 24 hours and are very thorough. If you need the help of reliable private investigators in South Africa to do background checks on your applicants, get in touch with the team today.

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