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Background Checks: What Are They Good For?

Resumes, calls, and in-person interviews are the most common way of helping match job candidates with potential employers. Individuals use these opportunities to highlight their skills, showcase their personality, and prove that they are best for the position. Yet, many individuals have been found to falsify their education, experience, and even personal history to become a more attractive candidate. While reference checks can help to ensure that a hiring manager can get a better understanding of the person’s work history and past contributions to their workplace, background checks shed light on their impact on society. 

Encourage a Strong Team 

Volunteer-based companies and organizations typically require all applicants to provide a criminal background check provided by their local police department, to be reviewed and included on file. Interestingly, not all companies require an extensive background check. We have found that businesses who did not engage in conducting background checks or hire a 3rd party provider to do so, are more likely to relieve employees of their positions. As an available method of screening those who you would like to hire, it allows you to ensure that you are building your team with people who will respect their position and the company itself. 

Types of Criminal Background Checks 

It is important to note that police reports exist whether an individual has committed a crime or not. Witnesses to illegal acts, individuals who have had to call the police on behalf of a friend or colleague, or simply addressing a noise complaint can cause a record to be created and stored. When conducting background checks, it is important to consider the three tiers in which an employer can request information, and what they entail. 

In November 2018, the Police Record Checks Reform Act was established in an effort to protect the public while allowing employers to access appropriate information regarding potential hires. Three types of background checks have been established

Criminal Record Check. These documents reveal if a candidate has been charged or convicted of a crime. These record checks can either be conducted by name or through fingerprints. 

Police Information Check. Police Information Checks are managed by local police departments. They are also known as police certificates, background checks, record checks, or reference checks. 

Vulnerable Sector Check. A Vulnerable Sector Check is performed by local police departments in most provinces and territories and ensures that a comprehensive check is completed to determine both a police information check and if they have a record of suspension due to past sexual offences. Vulnerable Sector Checks were created in 2000 to further protect vulnerable persons such as children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. 

In addition to these three forms of background checks, regulations are in place to ensure the correct consent is provided by the individual in question. It also includes information regarding consent due to the type of check that is being requested and the possible involvement of a 3rd party company

Background checks will not always be based on past interactions with Canadian law enforcement but could be instead focused on educational background, driving records, credit scores, sales aptitude, and exit interviews conducted by past employers. 

The Cost of Due Diligence 

It is crucial for those managing the hiring process to do their due diligence when considering adding new employees to the team, as it can cause a monetary loss to the company if they choose to leave or are terminated. It was concluded in 2015, that hiring, training, and equipping the average employee costs approximately 40% of the employee’s annual salary, or roughly $18,000. If a business experiences high turnover rates, making a poor hiring decision can greatly and negatively impact the success and longevity of the business. 

In a recent survey, it was found that 35% of applicants were removed from the hiring process after it was determined that they had lied. By establishing a strict policy that includes the need for background checks to be obtained, a company and the employees that it hires can establish a clear foundation of trust moving forward. 

At SureHire, we work with employers and employees to provide appropriate background checks when needed, to ensure that privacy regulations are adhered to while helping employers make an educated decision during the hiring process. Learn more, and contact us!