Background checks are nearly ubiquitous among American employers. Since that’s the case, do you have to perform a check on every potential new hire? Do you have to spend the money to check every single potential new hire out? If there was something problematic, they wouldn’t have gotten their last job, right? Here’s the TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): Yes, you should still run a background check for every single potential new hire. The cost is minimal compared to the costs you could incur if you hire someone problematic.
Time Marches On
It’s likely that the person you are interviewing worked somewhere before. That employer likely did a background check and found nothing wrong. So why do you have to do one, too?
You need to run a check of your own because, well, who knows what may have happened between their last background check and now? Perhaps they got into trouble. Wouldn’t you rather be sure that someone is still on the up and up?
Background Checks and ROI
First, we need to dispel the notion that running a background check is prohibitively expensive. It isn’t! If the company you’re using charges a rate that makes you cringe, it’s time to choose someone better (ahem).
No background check is cost-free. But, the cost of a standard level-three check is minimal compared to the money this new hire could make (or cost) your company. The first sale they make will more than make up for the cost incurred.
It’s also worth noting that background checks are a tax-deductible expense. Running them helps reduce your company’s tax burden at the end of the year.
Run Background Checks
If you’re a new business or aren’t sure which (if any) check you need to run, you should get in touch with us ASAP. We’ll walk you through the process and help you ensure that you’re making smart hiring decisions.