YES! And you should do it before you make an offer to a candidate.
I feel very strongly about checking backgrounds. I’ve been recruiting for 26 years, and I’ve been burned a few times when it comes to background checks. Sometimes it was because I didn’t do one, and sometimes because I did a minimal one that wasn’t extensive enough to provide the right information. A good background check only costs about $100 – $150 and is well worth the investment.
I’ve had candidates who have lied about a college degree, had multiple DUIs in a short period of time, spent time in prison for drug trafficking, been convicted of child abuse, and much worse! I understand that people make mistakes or bad choices at times, and not having a clean background check does not always rule out a candidate. The issue that WILL rule out a candidate is when a background check reveals that someone has lied on an application or misrepresented the facts on a resume. The deceit is the problem.
The reason I suggest that a background check should be done before you extend an offer is because once we’ve selected a final candidate, we’re sold that this is the candidate we HAVE to have and it can cloud our judgment when making a decision if an issue is found on a check. It can also prolong the process if we end up having to start over to find new candidates.
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