You’re sitting in the final interview for the job of your dreams. You’ve worked long and hard to get to this point; working a job during the day and going to school at night. Sacrificed a lot to get here and all you need is to get past this one last hurdle. Nothing can stop me now! Then, something happens that makes your heart drop: they ask you if you’d mind giving consent for a background check. Suddenly, every little thing from your past starts to run through your mind. What is on my criminal record? Is that bankruptcy from a decade ago going to show up? Are they going to find out about my suspended license?
In 2020 background checks have become a common practice from potential employers to new partners in a potential relationship. Getting a picture of a person’s past can give you a huge leg up in understanding who they are as a person, where they’ve built their morals and who they are when they’re not around you. Also, a background investigation can be a very useful tool to include in your on-boarding process. Doing a pre-employment criminal background check can give you more answers than just their resume. But it goes farther than just employment. When you met that good-looking guy at the bar a month back, and you’ve been inseparable every since, you could see a future in it. But, what do you really know about him? Does he have a criminal background? Has he been married before? Does he have children? Where did he live during the last few years? Does he have a license to carry a concealed weapon? All of these facts can be part of a background investigation and can give you piece of mind or throw up a red-flag to walk away.
Background investigations are a simple, inexpensive way to gather information about someone you have in your life. They usually don’t take more than 24 hours to complete and the value outweigh the cost ten fold. So, when you’re sitting in the interview and they ask for permission to do a background investigation on you…don’t sweat it. Because you did one on yourself last week and know that there’s nothing to worry about.