Employee Corner

What To Expect In A Background Verification

You made the courageous decision to change companies and scored a new job! Congratulations! However, you are now left with one last hurdle to clear – background verification. Employers today take this extra precaution to protect their businesses from fraudsters and incompetent job applicants. Unfortunately for you, this means you have one last step before you can move on to your new job. While employee background verification may seem like a hassle, it is in fact beneficial for you to prove your integrity and qualification. Usually, professional background screening companies will authenticate information you provide to your next employer. All your documents are verified by the issuing authority and a report regarding your documents is generated.

That said, you must be wondering; why do they want to do a background verification on me? Short answer – it’s nothing personal. Long answer – most companies have an internal mandate to mitigate risks related to recruitment. Off late there is a regulatory mandate by official bodies to have background verification done. Some companies recently may have been victims of fraudulent job seekers. Background verification is literally about them, not you.

Over the past few years, as employee frauds have grown more sophisticated, corporates have upped their security measures to counter those frauds. One of the key measures is to have mandatory background checks on every candidate that is hired. This helps them weed out fakers and distil the pool of candidates to those who can be trusted. In exceptional cases companies may prefer to check on specific credentials like education, address or police records in case of sensitive roles. This is a normal practise in organisations that value their information and have their eyes set on growth.

So, you would ask, what do I expect in a background verification check? Well, there’s very little you must do! Your next employer will share a consent form that gives them and their agency permission to conduct a background verification on you. That consent form is to be supplemented by your documents. Depending on your role and the sensitivity, address checks, previous employment check, education check or police record checks etc. may be conducted.

These are some of the most common checks used by companies for their regular screening processes. From the day the company takes consent from you for employee background verification, it can take up to 15 working days to process your background check. Most employers will not share the report with you. You know you have passed the employee screening test when you receive the offer letter or you don’t receive any clarification call from the HR of the company.

As a candidate who has all the papers in order and no errors in the application, the background verification process is easy as a breeze. Very little effort goes in from your side. It may be possible that during address checks, a company/agency representative may visit your home to verify the address details that you have shared and that is pretty much all.

So, instead of worrying too much about the background check, just share your details, sit back as the report comes in and gear up for the next big move of your career!