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  1. 1. ==== ====Perform Instant Background Checks with – Report will include information fromCriminal and Civil Records! ====Poorly-executed background checks pose a significant problem for both businesses andemployees. The entire purpose behind a background check is establishing trust between twoparties; a business risks their own integrity by hiring somebody they know nothing about. Likewise,they risk ruining the reputation of perfectly good employees by reacting to a false positive - that is,information that appears during a background check that is actually incorrect.So, what is the solution to this problem? Should we just throw out background checks altogetherlike yesterdays bathwater? Of course not. Businesses still need to know that their employees arewho they claim to be, and background checks are the only way to accomplish this goal.The problem is not in the concept of a background check itself. The issue arises from the way theinformation about a given individual is obtained and used. Simply typing a persons name into anonline database can potentially yield hundreds of false positives, and yet this is the extent of whatmany employers consider a background check.Why is Wikipedia disallowed as a valid source for students writing academic papers? Put simply,the information on the website is not reviewed by an authority. While there is some degree ofeditorial control, virtually anybody can post what they want to the website. These online"background check" services operate in a very similar way; they simply compile informationautomatically without verifying it. There is no human being who actually reads through the dataand puts it in the right categories; it is simply a formless blob of information online that may or maynot be true.Even if these databases say nothing about an employees dark criminal past, there is still thepossibility of dangerous information not showing up on these databases. Employers owe it tothemselves and their employees to hold themselves to higher standards for background checks.By following these four simple tips, you minimize the risk of encountering a false positive:1. Consult Better SourcesAlmost all of the online "background check" websites are out to make a quick buck. State andcounty sources, on the other hand, exist to genuinely provide a public service. While all statesoperate somewhat differently, Idahos court repository is available online for free.At a minimum, employers should look into both state and federal court records. Federal crimes donot show up in state court repositories, and vice-versa. Likewise, employers should do a sexoffender check for this reason; the individual may have engaged in criminal activity in another
  2. 2. state, and this wont show up in local records.2. Ask Better QuestionsAs a general rule, employers should obtain as much identifiable information about an individual asthey can. An ideal background check would require a persons full name, social security number,list of previous addresses, and date of birth. Each of these details can be used to filter through thehundreds of false records online.Many employers are afraid to ask for these details due to EEOC laws, but this is important foridentity verification. Always include a disclaimer on the application that the information is simplyused for the purposes of an accurate background check and not for discriminatory purposes.3. Introduce the Human ElementRunning a search through a questionable database does not constitute a reliable backgroundcheck. Businesses should consider using a trained private investigator or other background checkprofessional for these purposes. These individuals are very familiar with differentiating betweenlegitimate and dubious sources of information, and they know how to use that information properly.An investigator adds the human element that an automated search lacks - they personally verifypersonal information, use multiple sources, and sometimes discover new details altogether.4. Give an Opportunity to RespondWhat happens after the background check is over? Most employers simply terminate engagementif suspicious information is found. Put simply, this is the wrong approach. Instead, employers needto give the individual an opportunity to explain the circumstances of the suspicious event. Identitytheft is rampant, and past instances of identity theft can ruin an individuals future forever. Bysimply giving them a chance to elaborate on the situation, you minimize the risk of dismissing aperfectly good employee.There is no one-click solution for conducting a background check. A truly accurate and reliablebackground check is only possible by consulting valid sources, employing trained investigators,and getting the right kind of information from the employee.For more background check information, please visit Custer, CFE CPP, is President/CEO of Custer Agency, Inc., a company providinginvestigative, digital forensics and information security services. Mr. Custer is a Certified FraudExaminer, a Certified Protection Professional and a Certified Professional Investigator with over 40years of investigative experience including law enforcement, corporate and private. He is anAdjunct Professor at Boise State University teaching courses in Investigations and SecurityManagement.
  3. 3. Article Source: ====Perform Instant Background Checks with – Report will include information fromCriminal and Civil Records! ====