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What is a background check?

A background check ensures that the information provided by the person you are offering employment to is correct. This allows you to minimise the risks of employment and the costly expense of a recruitment error. Here we go through what type of information is included in a screening and how to perform a background check.

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What is included in a background check?

A background check is a check to ensure the person you are offering employment to is who they claim to be A background check will provide you with information about the person’s identity, work experience, and education, among other information.

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How can you perform a background check?

A background check contains several different operational, technical, and legal elements, which often makes it complicated to perform the check yourself. You need to verify information from and cooperate with different agencies and data suppliers. Moreover, it’s important to do this following current (inter)national legal frameworks and standards, the most important being the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ISO norms. Choosing to outsource background checks to a knowledgeable third party can save time and costs for internal HR departments. At Validata, we have designed software that digitally verifies information and provides a seamless experience for both the candidate and the employer.

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What does a background check include?

The content of a background check, and the subsequent provided background check report, differ depending on the scope of the review, which in turn depends on the responsibilities of the position to be filled. For example, thorough and more extensive checks are needed for employment in schools and other professions that concern working with children and young people. Depending on the position’s level of authority and responsibilities, more detailed checks may need to be conducted.

The following are examples of information often included in a background check:

  • ID check
  • Educational check
  • Work experience
  • Criminal record check

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Communication is the key to a successful background check

For many, it can feel like a violation of privacy if an employer wants to perform a background check. Therefore, communication is important. As an employer, you need to be clear and inform the candidate in good time about what type of background check needs to be carried out and why it is necessary. Drafting a clear background check policy will help you as an employer to demonstrate the necessity.

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How we at Validata can help you with background checks

Contact us and we will help you perform background checks specifically designed for your organisation and sector. We have a wide network of reputable partners and can quickly screen a candidate. Since 2009, we have specialised in screening and background checks, and know what is required for a fast, efficient, and secure process.

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Screen in-house or outsource?

If you want to verify a candidate’s CV or check if a diploma has been obtained, two options exist. One option is to do the verification yourself. However, checking such information takes time and it may not be clear how you can verify certain information. The second option is to outsource the background check to an organisation experienced in employment screening.

Outsourcing background checks is not free, but has many benefits such as:

  • Unburden your HR department
  • A digitized process
  • Less chance of manual errors
  • All relevant data and results centralized in one location

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