The Most Common Reasons People Fail Background Checks

One of the final, and most critical steps in the employment process is background screening your successful candidates to ensure that there are no unfortunate surprises that may arise by hiring them.

After testing their suitability for the role, it can be disheartening when a background check unveils a disappointing truth or reveals a mistruth, but it is more important to know that before an unsuitable employee is hired.

Here are some of the most common reasons why someone may fail a background check.

Undisclosed Unspent Criminal Convictions

If you hire a new employee and it turns out they have lied about their criminal history, this can be an immense betrayal of trust. Not only have they been caught committing a criminal act but they also could not be trusted to tell a hiring manager about this history.

It must be pointed out, however, that this only relates to ‘unspent’ criminal convictions, which are crimes where the rehabilitation period or sentence has not been served.

As well as this, all applications should have a section where they acquire consent to undertake a DBS check and provide an opportunity for a candidate to be clear about their criminal history.

For spent criminal convictions, an employee is not required to disclose this information unless there is a security or safeguarding reason to do so, and a basic DBS check will not display these

Misrepresented Job History

When it comes to job history, the key aspects that employers care about are a candidate’s employment history, technical skills, job titles and qualifications. These can be proven with the help of employment checks, reference checks and checking educational institutes.

Whilst in some cases it can be an honest mistake and it is worth questioning a candidate before assuming the worst, a lie can cause trust issues before a contract is even signed.

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