Search Engine Background Checks Are Not Good Enough
Small business owners still have a responsibility to perform employee background checks on their new hires. If not for the security of the business, but also for the safety of the other employees and customers. The problem is that many business owners choose to attempt to gather the information themselves instead of hiring a reputable background check company. By choosing the DIY version of a pre employment screening, you are putting your company and reputation at risk for a huge mistake.
Anyone can Google their own name and find out lots of information listed online for all to see. And most of the time that can all be obtained for free. A business owner or manager can just plug in a potential new employees name and see what pops up about this person. Most of the time they can find their address, telephone number, spouse’s name, and sometimes even get a map to the person’s home. (Unfortunately unless the candidate is a famous ax murderer, most of their criminal history is not going to be available from a search engine.)
I’m sure if a manager was going to attempt to do their own employee background checks, they wouldn’t just stop there though. They would probably call the previous employers listed on the person’s application or resume’. This is an important step in the application process, and I don’t discount it. However, you have to remember that those particular people are listed for a reason. They are the people that this person trusts to put them in a good light and tell about their best attributes. They won’t list the actual boss that fired them from their last job; they will instead list the coworker that they were closest to. They will list their friend that works at the same place, but in a totally different department.
Next on the do it yourself employee background check, you would check the person’s social media activity. I agree you can learn a lot from someone’s Facebook or Linked In profiles, but many people use those formats to showcase themselves as the people they wish they were, not who they really are. (Again, not many former ax murderers are going to advertise their grisly pasts.)
The key is to find out exactly what you need to know about the person you are considering bringing on board with your company. It can be challenging to get rid of someone once you hire them, and if you find out too late about their sketchy past, you could still end up paying for their unemployment benefits when you end up firing them. You don’t need to see a satellite view of their home you found on Google maps and you don’t need to see a picture they posted of what they had for dinner last night. You don’t need to see how many funny cat videos they “like” every day. (Although, you may have to deal with that later if they’re doing it from your computer at work!) You do need a trustworthy background check company to sift through this person’s criminal and work history and make sure they are who they say they are. You do need a quality pre employment screening.
Employee Background Checks are important and we can help you with it. Call 1.770.426.0547 and let’s talk.