Background checks can also be as simple as those offered in $10 internet site, a bit more involved as the typical pre-employment ones, and as complex, thorough, and expensive as those performed by government agencies. It is entirely up to you to choose which type would suit your needs. Just keep in mind that matter what type of background check you go for, it should answer the 3 questions below.
Was the person involved in any types of serious issues in the past?
Not everyone is an axe murderer, but it will be a lot safer for you to deal or work with someone who has not been convicted or charged with serious crimes in the past.
Background investigations can turn up records of minor run-ins with law such as indecent exposure, petty theft, drug possession, or juvenile delinquency, but it can also turn up a history of very serious offenses such as rape, homicide, assault, larceny, or grand theft. Though it is true that people can turn their lives for the better after being charged or convicted of these crimes, you will be surprised that quite a number are actually repeat offenders!
It should be noted that while some low-cost background checks can provide you with some data on criminal records, their access is often limited and will often not include recent cases.
Is the person saying the truth about who they are?
With identity theft increasingly becoming common these days, you will surely want to make sure that the person’s name, address history, birth date, and other important details truly match the person they claim to be. This is one way you can be sure that who you are dealing with is not a con artist.
Aside from the basic personal details, other details you may want to verify are education history, professional licensing, and employment history. Lies about these details red flags in any type of relationship, professional or romantic ones.
Is there an issue that the person is a ticking time bomb who manifests warning signs of future problems or exhibits any other character issue?
Issues like being involved in various lawsuits, history of financial troubles, a lifestyle that does not match with their means, repeated DUI offences, or getting fired again and again are all warning signs that the person could be more trouble than you are ready for.
We are not saying that you can’t give someone a chance to prove themselves first, but we do believe that knowledge is power. Access to information that is not publicly available can be provided by seasoned private investigators and can save you money, time, and heartache down the road. Although background checks cannot give you the full 100% answers to the questions above, a legitimate background check can at least provide you with much-needed information to enable you to make smart critical decisions that can affect your life, family, or company in the future.
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