Background Check: Criminal checks

May 29, 2019


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A Criminal Background Check is a review of a person’s criminal records. The primary reason most employers run a criminal check is to flag any criminal convictions of an applicant’s past. Sometimes, these criminal charges pose someone as dangerous, unreliable, untrustworthy, or otherwise not suitable for the position.

What is needed to conduct a Criminal check?

  • The employer would need to notify the applicant that he/she will be conducting a background check.
  • The applicant must give written consent for the background to be checked. The form must also be signed by the applicant;
  • The applicant’s ID/Passport number, date of birth and full name as it appears on the document.

What can the criminal checks show:

  • Arrests;
  • Current Pending Charges;
  • Misdemeanor Convictions;
  • Felony Convictions;
  • Acquitted Charges; and
  • Dismissed Charges.

It should be noted that some charges may be acquitted and re-opened as the court has reached a decision. On each of the charges it is shown when these acts were committed as well as the case number.

These criminal checks can be used for many purposes including:

  • Pre-employment screening for companies and individuals;
  • Screening potential business partners; and
  • As part of investigations for Fraud or Theft.

Companies and individuals may lose a lot of money by trusting the wrong person. Be wiser and conduct a criminal check before employing/ working with individual(s).

Following posts in this series will be about Qualification verifications and Credit record checks.

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