Thanks to the internet, it is now easier than ever to check people and make sure they are who they say they are. However, why would you decide to look up such a profile report? Some are of the opinion our society is becoming increasingly paranoid, whereas others belief finding information about others is simply about basic safety. So what are some of the most common reasons for running a background check?
When Hiring New Employees
The most common reason to run such a check is as part of a pre-employment check. Employers have a duty to keep other employees, shareholders, and stakeholders safe. Hence, they want to make sure that they can find a new employee and that they are who they say they are.
For Due Diligence
It isn’t just people that can be looked up, it is business as well. Indeed, it is very important for people to look up companies, find out if they have been subject to many negative reviews, look up their BBB (Better Business Bureau) rating to see how they handle a complaint, or whether they are part of a known scam. Because we complete so many transactions online, handing over our bank or credit card details, completing a background check is simple due diligence.
For Litigation Purposes
If someone has engaged in litigation and perhaps wants to claim monetary damages, background checks are usually performed. This is true whether the parties are individual people or businesses. By completing a background check on a business, each customer review can be highlighted, as well as how it is handled. By completing one on an individual, it can also be determined whether they have a history of acting in certain ways.
To Protect Children
If children are involved, it is always important to run a background check. This should be completed on new partners of one of the parents, new caregivers, people they travel with, and anyone else. All someone needs to know is what an individual is called, and they should be able to find a wealth of information. New laws have even come into place to facilitate this, thereby making sure children are protected from sex offenders in particular.
Before Committing to a New Relationship
If someone becomes romantically involved with someone else, it can be beneficial to complete a background check before things get too serious. This is particularly important now that so many people meet online and often have long distance, virtual relationships. It is too easy to catfish someone through this medium.
When Things Go Wrong
If something goes wrong in your life, you may want to run a background check on someone you believe is responsible for that. Or you may want to run one on yourself, to determine whether your identity may have been stolen.
Each of these reasons are good and valid, and looking after your own safety and that of your children is not paranoid. Rather, it is common sense.