Background Check

A Background Check Has Many Benefits You Can’t Miss

The Central Bureau of Statistics (Badan Pusat Statistik/BPS) estimates that Indonesia’s population in 2018 is around 260 million with a fairly high unemployment rate. Several factors contribute to the high unemployment rate, including the low level of candidate competency, which is below the company’s minimum standards. Therefore, finding qualified candidates can be a daunting task for many companies.

A background check is a way to go when it comes to employment. A candidate’s employment background check (Employment Background Screening) cannot be separated from the recruitment process. A background check is usually conducted before a decision is made regarding hiring.

Conducting a background check offers you at least three benefits:

1. Integrity

Employees who display integrity in the workplace demonstrate morals and ethics. The integrity of candidates must be assessed. Their honesty in presenting themselves on resumes or CVs constitutes at least a small part of their integrity. Having provided employment background screening services since 2008, we have found that fake academic certificates are rampant.

If you are going to hire someone with a fake academic certificate, the most basic background checks should be performed (educational background, professional certificate, and identity card checks). No matter how brilliant the candidates maybe, they will bring costly consequences to companies without integrity.   

2. Track record knowledge

A resume and a job interview can’t provide all the information you need about how someone will work with you on a day-to-day basis. It is also helpful to conduct background checks in order to find out what candidates’ track records are.

A candidate’s track record can be verified by getting information directly from his or her former HR department or superior.

These are some of the things that should be verified:

  • Position
  • Working period
  • Status of employment
  • Achievements or bad records of performance
  • Termination of employment due to
  • Candidate eligibility for employment

It is common for employees to be verified if they have worked for two to three previous companies within the past ten years. 

3. Early detection

The early detection of criminal records such as fraud, acts of violence, harassment, and drug use is essential to alerting companies.

A company can use social media, police records, District Courts, and other databases to get early warnings, such as the “Custom Search Engine of Global Watch List”.

The following are other benefits of checking candidates’ backgrounds comprehensively, as well as fulfilling regulatory compliance in banking:

  • Improving the quality of prospective employees that will be hired. Technically, non-technically, and in terms of integrity
  • Reducing employee turnover caused by poor hiring
  • Improving the working environment’s safety
  • Reduce the risk of misplacing the right employee in one position

However, many companies that conduct background checks on their own find it very time- and energy-consuming and the results can be biased because of a lack of resources. A company should at this point delegate the work to an experienced and trustworthy third party, in order to get the right result and get the work done properly. 

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