Background checks sound ominous and enigmatic, surrounded by mystery and wonder – why would someone want a background check unless they suspect someone of being evil? It’s a misconception in today’s society that background checks are for horrible reasons, but they’re really more common than one would think, and a variety of people are using them for any number of things.
Employers sometimes ask for a background check if the business matter is sensitive, like customer’s personal information, credit card numbers, etc. They want to make sure the employee they hire hasn’t been busted for fraud or identity theft, which would then put the business at risk. They also like to see if there are any drug-related felonies or other illegal activities that could potentially pose a hazard for the business. For the same reasons, credit lenders like to see the information contained in your background report, too.
Also, more and more people are using a background check to find out about their potential partner. Have they been arrested for domestic violence or assault and battery? Have they stolen someone’s identity before, or had a laundry list’s worth of drug charges? Knowledge is key in situations like these, be prepared!