It would be nice to think that everyone is honest on his or her resume.
However, the reality is that people embellish their resumes and hide parts of their
past that they don't want others — especially potential employers — to know about.
Would you tell a prospective employer that you were caught forging checks at your
last job? Unfortunately, it only takes one bad hire to cause a legal and financial
nightmare for your company.
Background checks can help you avoid hiring someone who has a history
of workplace violence, dishonesty, or one who simply isn't who or what they say
they are. You don't want to pay for a Harvard MBA sales manager if you're only getting
a high school graduate, do you?
Performing a background check also has legal ramifications. If you don't
run a background check on employees before hiring them, and they subsequently commit
a crime against another employee or customer while on the job, you could be held
liable for negligent hiring.