… and other Practical Applications of the Background Check
Behavior is a function of personality. Personality is fixed in early childhood, and is normally constant over time. Hence, behaviors are repeated. Some could kill you.
65% of convicted adult felons are rearrested or disciplined for probation violations within three years of first arrest. 45% of chronic juvenile offenders (5 or more arrests before 18 years of age) become chronic adult offenders.
Problem is, you can’t tell by looking at a guy if he has raped or molested, or if he is prone to violence. But you can look for indicators — clues to potential antisocial behavior.
Where to Look
Antisocial behavior can be revealed by public records, e.g., criminal and civil proceedings, eduation, frequence of address changes and employment, bankrupticies, liens, and judgments. Credit face sheets may reveal behavior that society in general and your firm in particular find unacceptable. We could teach you how to do this, or we could do it for you Pitorri and Associates, LLC.
Why It Works
Simply put, past behavior indicates future behavior; the past may be a portent. How a new hire has behaved during, let’s say, the last 7 to 10 years is, in all likelihood, how he or she will behave in your workplace.
How to Make It Better
During a process called adjudication, you (or we) consider the information available from the applicant’s resume, the application, the interview, and the Background Check. A Background Check is designed to
(1) Verify information that the candidate has entered in the application for employment
(2) Identify and clarify discrepancies
(3) Provide the employer with timely, factual information to support a hiring decision.
Who Can Do This?
You can. If you require that the candidates
(1) complete their applications in the presence of one of your employees
(2) answer every question
(3) sign and date the application in ink
(4) present documentation to prove legal residence
(5) conduct a good and proper background check, either in-house or by hiring a professional firm.
You can avoid personal tragedy and exposure to liability by identifying those personality attributes that portend unsuitability or violence in your workplace.
Employer, You Are Responsible!
You, the employer, have the right and the obligation to ensure that you provide your employees and your clients with a safe workplace; that you are hiring persons whose emotional stability, reliability, and trustworthiness are such that entrusting them with the care or assets of other people is clearly in the best interest of those people.
Other Useful Applications
Do You Date?
Don’t date blind. Have you ever had a concern that Mr. Perfect (or Ms Dreamy) may be married, may have a criminal record — or is who he says he is? How much is peace of mind worth? You could do a mini-background check.
Mommies and Daddies….
Do you feel some anxiety when you hire a caregiver for your child? Do you take the time to check credentials and criminal records and SSN and legal status and… well, you get the idea.
Deadbeat Dads can be found, along with their assets www.pitorriassociates.com/services/assetsearching.html, as long as you don’t wait too long. As I pointed out in another blog, nowadays bad guys take lessons in how to stay hidden, and they may (unlawfully) transfer assets overseas.
Lawyers use this useful tool to verify information provided by witnesses prior to trial, verify the background and credentials of expert witnesses, and even to verify information given in sworn depositions. (Yes, people do lie under oath.)