In the early days of my working life, I knew very little about background checks. I trusted that employee background checks were cleared through some magical process in our main office. At the very least, I thought the application provided all of the critical information needed for hiring decisions.
How wrong was I? I did not realize that verification of information on applications is one of the main services provided by a background check company.
I was fresh out of high school and working in a small restaurant with a bakery. I knew that our bakers weren’t born here in the USA, but I didn’t know they were here illegally. It wasn’t until the day they asked me to marry one of them to help keep them here in the States, that I realized they were illegal immigrants.
I turned their offer down, but I never turned them in.
It wasn’t until many years later that I realized the full extent of these actions.
They were here illegally, and had to be using someone else’s social security number to be employed. It might have been one of their friends, and the number was being shared within their own group, knowingly and willingly.
It very well could have been the number of a complete stranger who had no idea what was going on. They could potentially have credit or tax problems because of this.
It also meant that the company had not consulted with a background check expert to handle the pre-employment screening conducted by my employer through a background check company that would have potentially caught their secret through the criminal background check process. If an illegal immigrant could be hired on, whom else might I be working with? Criminals with a history of theft? Maybe even violence? The list goes on.
Background checks are there to protect employers from all of these issues. Employers who consult with background check experts who specialize in criminal background checks and employee background checks can alleviate many of these worries.
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