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.

What is 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.

Why should you, as an employer, perform a background check?

Performing a background check is an important part of the recruitment process that helps employers make better-informed hiring decisions. Recruitment is usually a lengthy and costly process and if you recruit the wrong candidate, this can have major consequences. With a background check, you ensure that you have all the facts before making your decision, thereby minimising the risks when hiring.

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

Read more about our different types of background checks and what information they contain here.

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. Interested in what our screening software offers? Learn more.

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.

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.