A Guide to Pre-employment Background Check

Published on by Lena Moss

Background checking is now one of an HR’s most powerful and useful tools in making sound and wise decisions. An applicant may lie but, background check results will surely not. This is why conducting a pre-employment background check is vital. However, it is a bit complicated. You have to follow a certain step, especially those that relate to the rules and regulations related to background screening. But bear in mind that once you get the information from the results that will ease your job in deciding which applicant is the most qualified and suitable one. Here are a few things that you should know as an HR before conducting a pre-employment background check:

 

 

 
  • Ask for Applicant’s permission and written consent- A background check is not just something you can do without asking the applicant’s agreement. It is against the law to conduct pre-employment background check without asking the applicants first.

 

  • Learn laws that are related to background screening- There are many laws regarding background check. You have to be familiar with them and know the details on each because it is important how you use background check and why you use it. Take for example the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which disallows discrimination of applicants. 

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