As we have discussed at length (here, here and here), a background check comes in all different shapes and sizes. The range includes everything from a $10 background check you can find on the Internet to a pre-employment background check (which typically lacks depth) to an FBI-like background investigation, which would cost a few hundred thousand dollars.
While I would argue that a $10 background investigation (or even worse, a “free” background check) is almost completely useless, regardless of what type of background check you do, there are a few basic questions that every background check should answer.
Are there any serious issues in the person’s past?
Not only are you making sure that you are not dealing with the proverbial “ax murderer,” but you also want to make sure that you are not dealing with somebody who has been charged with or convicted of any serious crimes.
The investigation may turn up a history of drug dealing, petty theft or indecent exposure — or even serious offenses like grand theft, larceny or assault. Even if these issues occurred quite some time ago, they can be quite revealing (repeat offender numbers are staggering).
For example, a major city leasing land …read more