There was once a time where a company would never have considered initiating a background check for a graduate employee. After all, these were the “fresh” individuals for a company and as well as that, investment in them tended to be low to start with.
Now, this has turned on its head. Graduates are seen as the life of a company, and businesses around the world invest huge sums of money in not just their development, but also choosing the right ones to start with. The latter is what today’s article is going to hone in on.
If you happen to be a company that is looking to hire graduates, it’s time to read on. We will now take a look at exactly what you need to take into account if you are initiating a background check by Checkpeople and need to know which way to turn.
Always look into their education
This first point should not come as a surprise. After all, graduates are different to other types of candidates, as there is no previous job history that you need to check on. Had this article been about the standard candidate, we would have probably been advising you to check all of their recent employment history to see if it was accurate and they left each place on a good note.
However, when it comes to graduates this obviously doesn’t occur. It means that the most important thing to look into is their education. Firstly, you need to be making sure that the candidate attended the college in question, as this has been known to be a common area to manipulate in the past. From this point, it’s all about qualifications. You can check to see if they sat the degree that has been noted on the CV, and the grade they achieved as well.
Look at their criminal background as well
As you are probably going to be investing in this person’s future, there’s nothing wrong about finding more about their general personality as well. Unfortunately, a personality background check doesn’t really exist – unless you of course want to go down the private investigator route which is questionable, and just not on the table for the majority of companies.
One way in which you can find out more about them is by looking at their criminal background though. You can find out if they have had any convictions, and of course what these convictions were. Sure, some might be minor offences that you can tolerate, but others might suggest that their character isn’t suitable for the role they are applying for.
Under some circumstances look into their finances
Note the term, in “some” circumstances here. If the graduate is applying for a financial-related role, you might be allowed to look into their finances. A credit check might quickly reveal if they are actually financially savvy, and suitable and trustworthy enough for the role that they are applying for. Again, tread with caution with financial checks though – they can only be used for some roles.