Jul 10, 2017 Philip Burgess
To understand the importance of conducting a complete background check, all you need to do is look at the news. Fortune reported how two separate Uber drivers were arrested during the same weekend last summer. One man was pulled over for not where a seatbelt when officers discovered he had marijuana and a loaded, unlicensed gun in his car. The second was charged with sexual assault after refusing to let a female passenger get out of his car. Although both had been prescreened and subjected to a background check, these reviews were not comprehensive enough to discover any past criminal activity or indicate the possibility of future crimes. Notably, the first driver was hired by Uber despite having two earlier weapons-related felonies.
Two arrests for different crimes within one company are bad enough. That said, the consequences of lacking a complete background check aren't always legal - sometimes they're strictly financial. The damage is no small change, however. According to a 2016 CareerBuilder survey, employers say a bad hire costs them nearly $17,000.
Who needs to perform background checks?
Background screening services benefit a wide variety of individuals and organizations. Usually, the idea first brings to mind a human resources department about to hire an employee. For example, a landlord can search the eviction history of a potential tenant before offering a lease. Below are just a few of the types businesses that benefit from background checks:
- Delivery services.
- Livery services.
- Property management.
- Service industries.
- Shipping companies.
- Staffing companies.
- Transportation companies.
What is covered by a complete background check?
"Our comprehensive products sort through billions of records."
MicroBilt provides comprehensive background screens that sort through billions of local, state and national records. Our products are used to verify an applicant's identity or the details they claim on their forms. With a simple search, you get detailed insights into an applicant's history, including:
- Criminal records.
- Employment histories.
- Driving records.
With this information, you can make educated decisions relating to employment, leasing, credit or other aspects of your business.
How do MicroBilt's background screening services protect my business?
MicroBilt offers comprehensive background checks that cover four major areas:
- Civil records: Our civil records search services let you screen for bankruptcies, judgements, liens, evictions and lawsuits. The information these searches uncover helps you make decisions regarding potential employees, tenants, merchants and credit loans.
- Criminal records: We have eight criminal records search products to help organizations manage risk when dealing with an applicant. If, for example, a business hires someone with a known criminal history, that organization may be held liable for actions committed by that individual.
- DMV records: MicroBilt's driver's license verification reduces fraud exposure by 80 percent. Used at the point of sale, it searches over 19 billion records to verify the applicant's identity based on his or her license. Our motor vehicle search sorts through state DMV databases and other agencies for information specific to a vehicle, while our MVR records report provides data about an applicant's driving history.
- Verification: Some professions, such as those in the medical or legal fields, require specific credentials to ensure staff are capable of performing their jobs. Similarly, some landlords may want to verify an applicant's place of employment to ensure there won't be any issues with rent. MicroBilt's employment and education verification tools help organizations check the accuracy of a person's claims.
With MicroBilt's products, professionals in a wide variety of industries minimize risk and keep themselves, their employees and their businesses safe.