Basics of a Background Check

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In employee hiring, “background check” has become a drop kick term thrown in to Human Resources conversations with no real meaning attached.

If conducted properly, there will be no two similar background check results – albeit,  the professional investigator should operate from an experience-based template, outling his/her methodology.  Aside from the consistency of results, wire-framing an investigation will ensure that the basics of a background check are researched and, serves as a good springboard once the information pipeline begins to produce.

Below we will outline the various type of background checks and the situations wherein which they should be conducted.

New Hire (Non-Management Level, excepting positions involving access to client and or other employee financial information):

The most relevent and important features of a comprehensive background check are the:

1. Address, SSN and DOB verification and

2. Criminal history (this level search will not include criminal charges – only convictions)

3. E-Verification clearance ensuring that the potential new hire is in fact legally allowed to work in the U.S.

New-Hire (Management, fiduciary trust or client financials access and C positions):

A more comprehensive search than a basic new hire background check, those conducted for potential management, C positions and employees with access to client financial information should include the above and:

1. A full credit check.

2. Assets search,.

3. An in-depth criminal records review (to include criminal charges).

New Partner:

There is a Japanese adage, correctly applicable to undertaking a new partner: “One must marry with both eyes open.”

In taking on a new partner, including all of the above searches, the following investigations should also occur:

1. Full litigation history.

2. Pervious positions and conditions of departure verifications.

3. Professional license search (to ensure licensure validity and uncover professional sanctions, if any).

4. Full criminal check to include researching the backgrounds of the new partner’s former associates.

5. Develop the subject’s public and private profile.  (There are many methods employed by professional detectives that will allow the investigator to acquire the comprehensive information necessary to develop a 360 degree assessment of the subject.)  This is a critical part of  checking the background of a potential partner.  In today’s information age, one can’t control all aspects of one’s life and there will be the inevitable professional and personal disclosures online.  While no one posting (unless of course it’s of a truly, damaging event), will reveal the subject’s true character,  subsequent to assessing the all of the tangible search results, a pattern should become obvious to the investigator which will allow for an accurate analysis of the subject’s behavior.  The past portends the future.

Recommendation: All of the above information now relayed, and even with the verified, accurate and comprehensive information you now have in hand regarding your new business association, never forget to trust your instinct.

Information is the world’s currency.

As always, stay safe.

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