Private Investigations

The importance of pre-employment background investigations

A thorough and detailed background investigation of prospective employees is a critical step in ensuring the continued success of your enterprise. Whether a small private business, a large corporation, or a government public-service entity, the caliber of your personnel has a huge impact on your operations.

Background investigations can be implemented into your hiring process according to the specific needs of your organization and customized to fit the hiring process you have in place. For instance, smaller entities may want to reserve an in-depth background investigation for candidates who have successfully completed all parts of the hiring process. After initial application and qualification screening and after the interview selection process, the background investigation may be used as a tool to ensure that the information provided by the candidate is accurate, honest, and verifiable. The background investigation is used as a final step to confirm the hiring decision prior to actually making a job offer.

Whether a small private business, a large corporation, or a government public-service entity, the caliber of your personnel has a huge impact on your operations.

Larger entities may employ a background investigation earlier in the hiring process. In today’s litigious environment, companies and government agencies will need to be able to document why a candidate was not selected for a position. The background investigation can verify the claims made by applicants regarding qualifications and experience to ensure that they are eligible to continue in the hiring process.

Due diligence is required of all deciding authorities when it comes to hiring decisions. A background investigation of prospective candidates for any job is an important part of fulfilling that requirement.

There is an often overlooked benefit of having an outside entity conduct pre-employment background investigations. The personal details and private information of the candidate will not be known by other employees within the business or agency. On occasion, embarrassing or compromising information may be discovered or disclosed by the background investigation.

That information may not be disqualifying for the position sought, and the candidate might be hired. In this case, only the deciding authority will be privileged with the information. The employee can enjoy a workplace free from fear of the information being released to others, and the employer can be sure the employee will be measured on the qualifications, skills, and abilities he was hired for.

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