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What is a Background Check?

Posted in Frequently Asked Questions on 08/07/2009

The phrase “background check” is used by many and seen in the news weekly.  What exactly does the term background check mean?  Ask 10 people and you will probably get 10 different answers.

Many people are under the impression that by simply typing a name into an internet search engine or paying $9.95 to an internet vendor, they will get a complete background check telling everything there is to know on anyone in the world.  Others think that a criminal records search is a complete background check.  And still others think that in order to get a background check you need to hire a private investigator.

The truth is a background check can cover everything from a criminal record search to employment and education verification to driving record search.  What is important is to understand exactly what you are getting or what you need when you order a background check.

Working with BackTrack will allow you to have a contact in the industry who will talk to you and understand your company’s needs so that a background check will mean what your company needs it to mean.  Does your company only want to run a criminal records search or do you want a more comprehensive package that includes employment and education verifications or other services?

Contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694 to create a background checking program that is right for your company.