Trusting your employees is so important, so performing background record checks prior to employing people can give you the peace of mind that your business is in good and trustworthy hands. Fortunately, there are ways of conducting background checks on individuals that you intend to hire.
How can I perform a criminal background check?
One of the easiest ways to find out about the history of a potential employee is to ask them to present a valid (not older than 6 months) Police Clearance Certificate. This document is obtained from the police station and will prove that the potential employee doesn’t have a criminal record. The downside of this, however, is that a Police Clearance Certificate usually takes about 4 months to arrive after application, so if a potential employee doesn’t already have one they will be left out of the loop.
Another DIY option is to conduct a Google search suing the person’s name (and possibly identification number) to see if any dodgy dealings arise. Although his may be construed as slightly stalkerish, check out their Facebook profile to see if the really are the person they pretended to be in the interview. You can also make use of an employee’s reference list or contact their previous employer to find out about their personal background and work-related attitude.
Unfortunately, there are not many background check services found for free online, as the police usually keep this kind of information on their own private administration systems. However, there are online services you can pay for that will allow you to perform background record checks prior to employing people. These services have access to various databases that may turn up information about a potential payroller. A computer program allows you run the potential employee’s identification number through a number of criminal databases and you will have to pay a fee for each search.
In South Africa, trained professionals will conduct criminal record checks that involve a thorough scan of any instances of crime or violence. The police, private investigators and lawyers may have access to databases where you can look out for misdemeanors such as sex offenses, theft, lawsuits, bankruptcies and other background record scars.
A professional company that conducts background checks on potential employees is RefCheck, which offers an online verification process to ensure that the job applicant meets your company’s employment standards. RefCheck was established in 2000, and has been giving employers peace of mind for over a decade. The company harnesses the best technologies and systems and uses expert staff to provide comprehensive background checking solutions. The services available can verify a range of details about the person’s background including:
- Credit Bureau Reports (Experian and TransUnion)
- ID Verification
- Criminal Illicit Activity (AFI Switch)
- ID Verification
- Tertiary Academic Qualifications (Local and Global)
- ID Verification with Fraud Listing
- Matric & Secondary School
- Drivers Licence
- Employment History (Local and Global)
- Permanent Residency
- Professional Association Memberships (Local and Global)
- Bank Verification
- Fit & Proper Screening
RefCheck also offers personality questionnaires, as well as background searches on specific businesses. To contact the Support department, call 021 555 9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The Sales department can be reached at 011 245 6602 or email@example.com.
You can also approach your local police office to find out if the job candidate has engaged in any previous criminal activities as the station should have database of offenders in the area. To make this process smoother you may need the identification number of the potential employee. Depending on your reasons for needing this information, the police may or may not help you out. If they do agree to help you, they can run the person’s identification number through their systems to check for any corresponding crimes.
As a courtesy to the job applicant, you may want to tell them that you would like to check up on their background information. Aside from being polite to the potential employee, this may also cause them to tell you about any previous offenses and save you the trouble of sifting through them yourself. And if you don’t hear from them again… perhaps its best to keep the post open for now!