The process for Employee background screening in India is still a relatively new concept and it is slowly becoming a mandatory process of talent onboarding. I shall explain what all checks are conducted by employers and what employees should know about it.Employers do background checks either before or after the hiring of employees which is known as pre and post employee background verification respectively.
Employee Background Screening:
Employee Background Check is a verification of an Individual’s Identity, address, commercial, criminal, employment, financial records, etc furnished by them at the time of hiring.
Background verification companies are third party bodies retained by employers to check employees’ background records furnished by them.
Type of Background Checks:
Pre or post ,before an employer conducts a background check on employees by third party background verification company, the candidate is supposed to sign the authorization for their party verification. Once the authorization is signed the BGV company starts the verification process. Employers choose the number of checks to be conducted for a particular employee. The checks can be different based on job roles and responsibilities. Following are the list of background checks generally conducted by employers,
- Address Verification
- Employment Verification
- Medical & Drug Test
- Police Verification
- Criminal Record Check
- Identity Verification
- Professional Reference Check
- Global Database Check
- Credit Check ( CIBIL)
- Directorship Check
- Social Media check
The above-mentioned background checks are general checks and the extensiveness of a background check depends on the employer, company, and the job involved. For instance, if one is applying for a government job with a high-security clearance, they may likely to undergo a very thorough background check.
All the above checks are evidence-based checks and retained BGV company reports furnish the proof of verification. For example, if the client has opted address check (Present or Permanent) to be conducted and taken employees’ consent. BGV company’s address verification team will visit your given address and verify the address by geo-tagging, location pictures, house pictures along with the details of the person who is verifying on employees’ behalf, like family members, neighbours, etc.
So employees or prospective employees need to furnish all the correct and genuine details and not lie anywhere in the process of hiring as chances are high to be caught during the background verification process.