Background Checks: How Pre-Check Can Help You Make the Right Hire


At a previous company, Robert Drusendahl made a hiring decision that proved to be costly to his company. As a result, Drusendahl made it his focus that no other company would have to go into the hiring process blind.

This led to the creation of Drusendahl’s background check company, Pre-Check. The company provides an array of services related to hiring support, including searching thousands of court records from coast to coast to give hiring managers all of the data they need to make an informed hiring decision.

“We want to help you hire the best. And that’s not just our motto, it’s our mission,” Drusendahl says.

But why is the background check process so important? First of all, Drusendahl says there are up to between 30 million and 70 million former offenders in the United States today. That represents a large chunk of the available workforce. It’s contingent on companies to do their due diligence before making an offer to a candidate to ensure they are getting the best person for the job.

The importance of a background check

In fact, a recent survey of background screening professionals found that 96% believe background screening is important. Of that total, 87% said they perform background checks for the safety of their current employees. And background screening goes beyond just safety concerns. Drusendahl cites another recent poll of human resource managers that found that 54% of job applicants either lie on their resume or make significant omissions.

Over the 25 years Drusendahl has been doing work in background checks, he points out that the network of researchers he has put together have the resources necessary to quickly turn around a background check. For instance, a criminal background check performed by Pre-Check can be done in just two days and six hours.

What information is gathered during a background check?

The background check process is primarily done separately from the application process, Drusendahl explains. His company checks 14 critical aspects of a candidate’s background and will call a half a dozen times to ensure qualitative work, over and above the industry standard of three calls.

If a company is interested in having a credit check performed, again, that is done separately from the application. Because credit reports are private information, it requires a separate release that needs to be signed by the applicant.

What should a hiring manager do with the information?

Once the background check is complete, it’s time for the owner or hiring manager to decide whether to proceed with an offer of employment. Some industries, such as banking, have stringent rules that prohibit the hiring of employees who have been convicted of crimes such as theft. In other industries, the hiring manager might be able to make an offer to the applicant, depending on what information was found. Drusendahl stresses it is important for the person doing the hiring to determine whether what was found is going to have a bearing on that individual’s ability to do the job.

Hiring can be a complicated process. At the end of the day, it’s best to have an experienced partner at your side helping to guide you through the process. That’s where Pre-Check comes in. Learn more about the company and its services by visiting their website here. And if you have further questions about the company, its services, or just about the background check process in general, feel free to reach out to Robert Drusendahl via email at bob@pre-check.com

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    Casey Gerald

    MBAs Across America

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