What is an Advanced Background Check & When Should I Get One?

An advanced background check involves making an extensive records check into the past of a certain individual. Usually there are four different aspects of a complete background check. Those are:

  • Social Media Check
  • Criminal Records
  • People Search
  • Background Check

Let’s take a look at what each of these different aspects entail:

Social Media Check

A social media check involves taking a look at the photos, videos and posts of someone on their social media pages. Some of the most obvious major social media sites that will be checked are;

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

For many hiring managers, this is generally the first step in their process of hiring someone because it’s the best way to get an immediate idea of the personality of an individual.

Criminal Records

The criminal record portion of the advanced background check is pretty cut and dry.

It involves finding out about any;

  • Arrests
  • Possible convictions
  • Any sexual offender information that may be relevant to the specific person.

It can sometimes be difficult to find misdemeanors on a free background check, so there may be smaller criminal activities that the person you’re searching can hide from you.

People Search

The people search is pretty simple and basically involves the ability to confirm the birthdate and address history of an individual. It’s not going to tell you much about someone but it can be something that helps you to confirm certain red flags with someone. You may also have the ability to check out some of their relatives and/or acquaintances, which can be valuable if you’re really looking to do an extensive search.

Background Check

The background check is pretty straightforward. It involves getting information such as;

  • Court records
  • Property records
  • Asset information
  • It can also help you find out about a person’s marriage records.

Now that we’ve seen exactly what type of information an advanced background check can get you, let’s take a look at some of the many reasons getting a free background check would be a wise decision for you:

Hiring a Babysitter

Getting a criminal background check for a babysitter is an absolute necessity. Babysitters are going to be someone that your child is going to develop a relationship with on many different levels, including emotionally. When we’re talking about protecting our children, every possible precaution should be made to prevent any harm doing.

I would highly suggest getting a complete advanced background check, with everything from their social media history to their criminal records. You can never be too careful when you’re talking about the protection of your children, so don’t feel like you’re going overboard by doing this. Any serious babysitter is going to understand this and if they have a problem with you running a background check, then that would certainly raise some red flags immediately.

Hiring a Teacher or Tutor

Generally, schools will have already vetted their teachers thoroughly to make sure that they pass a background check and don’t have any marks against their records. If you’re hiring a tutor, however, then you may have to go about doing it yourself.

Sites like www.eVerify.com offer an excellent and cost efficient option for users looking to find out about the person that will potentially be spending a lot of 1 on 1 time with their child. The free background check trial they offer, hands you the opportunity to test their services before going with their paid one. But in case you read my previous article, there shouldn’t be much doubt about their experience in the industry at an affordable rate.

Hiring a Contractor or Landscaper

While a lot of families would argue that this isn’t necessary, I would suggest that you at least do a free criminal background check on anyone you plan hiring as a contractor or landscaper.

The reason for this is simple.

If you’re allowing someone in or around your household, then they are going to have a very good idea of the valuables that you have in your home as well as exactly where they are located.

While you may not think they would dare stealing something while they’re working, there is absolutely nothing stopping them from coming back in a few months after any possible suspicion would cease. There’s also nothing stopping them from selling the information to somebody else for them to steal.

It’s probably not necessary to get anything more than a criminal background check in this instance but I would be on high alert for anything involving even the slightest bit of theft.

These are just a few of the reasons why getting a background check would be a good idea for you and your family. A coach of a sport that your son or daughter is playing may be another good reason, although organizations have begun doing much better job of sifting through any suspicious characters after the Penn State scandal.

Nevertheless, we still see those disgusting cases in the evening news way too often, so doing a bit of your own detective work does no harm and might be a lifesaver in the end, you never know.

Basically, any situation where you feel your son or daughter could be put in a one on one situation with another person is a good reason to get an advanced background check.

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