So perhaps you’re applying for a job and are about to have a background check performed? Or maybe you’re an employer who has realized the important role background checks can play in your company? Either way, here is a simple and friendly article that will explain to you the different types of background checks that are commonly used in employment verification.
These are not always performed as part of employment verification, and are known as a type of background check saved for specific job roles – such as those in finance, or government positions. Credit checks are a part of staff testing that will recognize any individuals with a poor credit record – to the extent that it may affect their work performance.
Motor Vehicle Checks
Motor vehicle record checks are a type of background check obviously saved for those who work in the transportation or driving industry. It will be part of employment verification for any individual who may have driving responsibilities as part of their employment - this includes truckers, bus drivers and even cab drivers. It will ensure that the individual’s driving record is clean and they will be safe and responsible while in charge of an motor vehicle.
A type of background check that you can expect in almost all job application processes is that of an education verification check. Information found on resumes is often embellished and sometimes even purely fictitious. This type of background check will ensure that the applicant is being honest in their application – and will therefore be trustworthy as an employee.
As with education verification, a reference check will ensure that an applicant is being honest with their references, and will also be a valuable employee. Such a check means you can talk to those that have worked with, and above, this applicant before, and will verify their work ethic, character and value.
Drug screening is a type of background check that should not be reserved for individuals pre-employment, but ought to also be considered for current employees too. It is a cost-effective and valuable way of discerning whether any of your employees or job applicants are involved in drug use, which could affect their work abilities.
Social Security Number Tracing
A type of background check that some employers will use, and that Mind Your Business, Inc. offers, is determining as to whether the social security number offered by the applicant is legitimate and being used by the proper person. It helps avoid identity fraud and aid in verifying previous addresses too.
The most obvious check that could be performed is one of your criminal background. Employers will do this to ensure that the applicants they are considering employing are trustworthy, honest and law abiding citizens.
So those are the main types of background checks that employers ought to be performing and that applicants ought to expect during the pre-employment process. If you have any further questions about this post, or background checks as a whole, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this article, or get in contact with MYB.