A background check is most commonly requested by employers on job candidates for employment screening. Conducting a background check is key in the hiring process today and involves delving into an applicant’s background to gain knowledge of their personal character and past employment experience. At best, the background check may determine if information provided by an applicant is true and accurate.
Based on several studies, it’s estimated that approximately:
- 44 percent of applicants lied about their work histories
- 41 percent lied about their education
- 23 percent falsified credentials or licenses
Validation that employers must go a step further than the picture applicant’s paint on a resume and may not be otherwise discovered in an interview. Background checks also identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons. Employers have an obligation to ensure their work environment is safe for all employees to prevent potential problems before they occur.