A background check is an investigation process that verifies criminal records, references and financial records. Background checks are particularly performed on individuals who are going through pre-employment screening. Individuals seeking positions that require a higher level of security like financial institutions, airports, hospital and governmental agencies will undergo an extensive background check.
The investigation process is often administered by governmental agencies for a fee. However, this process can also be performed through private agencies. Background checks include previous employment history, criminal records and credit verification. Background checks are also given to employees seeking a government position in order to obtain a clearance of security. Some background checks are processed with unlawful intentions such as discrimination of employment, privacy violations and theft of identity.
Background Check Types
There are many types of background checks which can be performed depending on the circumstances. Third party agenciesâ€™ background information may not be as accurate as checks completed by the state. The most common reason for a background check is to verify information given from a potential employee. Other reasons why a background check would be necessary include:
* Individuals Applying for the Purchase of a Handgun
* Individuals Who are Considered for Child Care Positions or Elderly Care
* Rental or Leasing to an Individual
* Individuals Who Require Security Clearance