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What’s Included in a Background Check?

Most employers understand why they need to run background checks on the people they hire: to prevent fraud and ensure that they aren’t putting their business, their employees, and their customers at undue risk by hiring someone with a history of criminality. After all, just one bad hire can cost your company more than $50,000. What too many employers don’t fully understand, however, is exactly what goes into a background check.

KRESS works with employers, hiring managers, and H.R. personnel every day to help educate and inform them on our pre-employment screening services and how they can benefit businesses across many different industries. The truth is, a background check can consist of whatever legally obtainable information your organization finds useful in making a smart hiring decision.

KRESS has many different, customizable screening packages to suit the needs of any employer. Typically, our background checks will investigate a candidate’s background based on criteria determined by their prospective or current employer. A check of a candidate’s background may include verification of past employment, education, criminal records, motor vehicle, and license record checks. For certain jobs, credit history can be checked, as well. Each kind of check will reveal different information pertinent to that check.

Sometimes, clients come to KRESS after trying to run background checks on job candidates themselves. We never recommend this! Online people searches are a do-it-yourself form of background checks that show public information obtained online. Employers type a job candidate’s name into a search engine and check for results on business pages or social media sites. While these searches are usually free, such types of background checks consist of information that may be unreliable, out of date, or out of context. In some cases, these searches can later be proven in court to be discriminatory. That can prove costly!

It’s always better to trust an experienced, reputable screening provider to handle your organization’s background checks. That’s where KRESS comes in. We offer reliable, trustworthy, and comprehensive pre-employment screening that can help you get a more complete picture of your job applicant. Through criminal reports, identity verification, and more, you can confirm your hiring decision and ensure your applicant meets your criteria. Conveniently, we can also help you set up a drug-free workplace policy, including pre-employment and random drug screening.

Best of all, we will only offer the services that your organization needs to stay secure and compliant. Our packages are fully customizable to your specific needs. Want to know how? Contact us today for a consultation on your background check requirements. We’ll help identify the ideal pre-employment screening package for your business.

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