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Why Do Employers Check Candidates' Background?

Do you know why businesses are taking time to make decisions about their potential workforce? According to the survey conducted in the US, 75% of companies stated that they had employed the wrong individual for the job and costed them almost £12.5k approximately.

In order to mitigate the above risk, many companies conduct candidates background checks. This includes a criminal record, confirmation of their employment history and education, identity and credit checks which directly support employers to make the right decision.

All candidates should be aware of:

  • That an employer may question his/ her background.

  • The decision to employ a person must depend on the nature of the job applied for.

  • If an employer decides not to hire you because of the results of the background checks, you can obtain a copy of a report and ask for an explanation of this decision.

  • If there is something wrong that you already know about, you should be ready to make it clear. Otherwise, this might have a negative impact on your success in getting hired.

In conclusion, candidates' background checks do not solely assist in providing safety for the business. However, it ensures that the right candidate is validated and assessed. A majority of applicants are aware of this fact. They are willing to come through this background process and they are collaborative and compliant. It is always better to be proactive, rather than reactive which usually costs much more and it is also more difficult to deal with after an incident has occurred.

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