Home workers and caregivers are entrusted with the personal safety of family members, and the sanctity of the home. This makes hiring especially stressful, and risky. Fortunately, bringing on a new home worker doesn’t have to be an act of faith. Pre-employment screening can give you insight into a potential employee’s professional and personal history, giving insight into their character, trustworthiness, and competence before harm can be done to your family or home.

It’s important to remember, however, that pre-employment screening is subject to stringent laws and regulations. Relying on experts when conducting pre-employment background checks not only ensures that anyone you let into your home is trustworthy, it also avoids expensive and time-consuming legal issues.

What is Pre-Employment Background Screening?

Pre-employment screening is an investigation into the personal and professional histories of an individual for the purpose of determining that person’s honesty, credibility and moral character. There are countless reasons to run a background check on potential employees before they’re hired. Here are a few of the most important ones:

  • Pre-Employment Screening can help protect your family from harm. Whether it’s shoddy workmanship from a contractor, dangerous conduct from a caregiver, or the frightening driving record of an au pair, any home worker has the potential to do harm to the people most important to you. The cornerstone of any proper screening process is to find out about a candidate’s criminal history, including any arrests or convictions for violent crimes, traffic offenses, theft, sexual misconduct, and so on. Weeding out job candidates with a checkered past protects you and your family.
  • Pre Employment Screening can keep drugs out of your home. A criminal history check will additionally provide information on any and all previous drug-related criminal offenses, allowing you identify candidates with a history of drug use.
  • Background checks can help avoid burglary and theft. A thorough pre-employment background check will inform you of any previous theft and fraud-related run-ins with the law by job candidates, and potentially, by their associates. Often, high value items are stolen with the help of an employee. With a strong pre-employment screening process, it’s possible to avoid these situations entirely.
  • A proper screening process can prevent hiring unqualified, incompetent, or dangerous employees. A quality screening process will verify all education and work experience-related claims made by a job candidate, including academic degrees, professional licenses and certifications, prior employment, work-related legal claims, and more. Eliminating unqualified or incompetent candidates before they can cause trouble can save you thousands of dollars and keep your family safe.   

Why Use Trustify Instead of an Online Service for Your Pre-Employment Screening?

To put it bluntly, you should use an investigator through Trustify because basic online services won’t be thorough. There are a number of significant problems and limitations associated with these services. Most rely exclusively on public records that are often incomplete, inaccurate, and out-of-date. In addition, online background check services typically do not include verification of education and past employment claims, personal or professional references, or other important background factors. In short, online background check services cannot provide you with the information you need to make the right hiring decisions - especially when these hiring decisions impact the well being and safety of your partner, your children, and yourself.

Requesting a Pre Employment Screening

Screening your next domestic hire with Trustify is quick and simple. Here’s how the process works:

1. Request a Consultation. Submit your case online or by phone to schedule your consultation. We'll ask for the details we need to get your case matched with an investigator and provide cost estimates.

2. Consultation With a Private Investigator. A licensed private investigator will contact you to talk to you about the purpose and goals of the investigation, and to collect any relevant information about your case. They’ll ask you to provide the full name, address, Social Security Number, and any other helpful information on your background check subject.

3. Investigation in Progress. In the course of screening each applicant, investigators use multiple resources to form a complete picture of the subject. Records accessed generally include:

  • bankruptcy records
  • civil records
  • credit records (including credit cards)
  • criminal records
  • education history
  • incarceration records
  • medical records (when allowed under applicable law)
  • military service records
  • personal and character references
  • prior employment records
  • professional licenses
  • property ownership records
  • Social Security number
  • state and local licenses
  • vehicle registration and DMV records
  • workers’ compensation records

4. Case Updates & Final Report: Your investigator will keep you updated at every stage of your case. Upon the conclusion of the screening, a full written report will be provided along with any legally available evidence. In addition, your private investigator may be available to testify on your behalf in court, if necessary and agreed-upon before the start of the investigation.

What an Investigator Won’t Do

Investigators have the needs of their client in mind at every stage of the screening process. However, investigators are bound by both the law and ethics rules. The laws and regulations governing what information may be accessed and used in background checks varies substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Investigators in the Trustify network are extensively vetted for skills, experience, and legal knowledge and will seek out all the information that is relevant and legally available on the subject of the screening.

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