Background Checks

Background Checks

A background check looks further into a person's professional and personal history. A background check investigator will conduct interviews and find documents that will give you a greater understanding of the person you are looking into.

Can't I just pay for an online background check?
There are automated background checks available on the Internet, but the information is often incomplete or inaccurate, and each record whether found through the Internet or another source needs to be verified for validity. A private investigator can provide detailed and accurate information about a person and ensure that the information is accurate.
There is no standard or routine background check. The investigation should be tailored to your areas of concern, reasons for finding out more, and your overall needs. Whether you're hiring a new employee, looking for a nanny, or are about to make a new investment, it's a good idea to get a better understanding of who or what you will be involved with.

Why Conduct a Background Check?
You may want to have a person submit to a background investigation before:

  • Hiring a new employee
  • Taking on a new tenant
  • Making an investment
  • Hiring a nanny
  • Dating a new individual

Commonly Detected Lies
People often provide false information on the following:

  • Education history and degrees
  • Professional background and work history
  • Licenses and professional organization membership
  • Omitting prior experience to hide a grievance or lawsuit

Why Not an Automatic Check?
Problems and limitations of an automated check:

  • Not all records are available online
  • The information may not be accurate or up-to-date
  • The validity of the record still needs to be verified
  • Does not include checking references, past employers, degrees, etc.

Criminal vs. Complete
Two common investigations are criminal and complete.
Criminal Background Check: The sole purpose of a criminal background check is to determine whether or not the person has a criminal record.
Complete Background Check: A complete background investigation involves looking at all public records that are available. This can include driving records, education and employment history, and more.

A criminal check does have its limitations. For example, in some states a DUI shows up in a driving record but not in a criminal record.

Information You Need
Having as much information as possible can make the background investigation a quicker process. Some information you may want to have:

  • Full name with middle initial
  • Date and location of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Schools attended and awarded degrees
  • Past employers<
  • Although it is ideal to have all of the above, a good investigator can research a person with very little information.

If you would like more information on how we can help, please contact us today at 888-832-4531 or locally in Hampton Roads at 757-673-4704. or click to request more information.