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5 Benefits of Background Checks

Updated: May 26, 2019

Whether your recruiting directly, via an executive search firm, recruitment agency or even using an RPO company in Malaysia, pre-employment background checks have become an essential part of the recruitment process. More and more organisations having a standardized screening procedure during their hiring process and it is easy to see why. There are numerous benefits that come with background checks besides ensuring that the details provided by prospective employees are correct.

Here are the top 5 benefits you will get when implementing a pre-employment background check:


1) Higher quality of hire

A thorough background check reveals more than just education and workplace skillset. It allows an employer to recognize the quality of work done with previous employers and the relationship they had with former colleagues. In other words, it helps an employer recognize if a candidate will blend well the value of their organisation.


2) Maximize safety and security

One of the reasons to do a thorough background research is to identify potentially disruptive applicants that might harm your organisation. A thorough background check will identify any criminal offences, drug or alcohol abuse and even workplace discrimination.

3) Reduce employee turnover

High employee turnover will affect any organisation in a bad way. High turnover will also cost more money in terms of training and constant re-hiring. It is important to recognize a candidate that is the right fit before he/she even begins working and a background check is one way to do so.


4) Improved compliance

Depending on where your organisation is operating form, there are a number of rules and regulation you will have to comply with. To avoid lawsuits, it is important to identify that your prospectus employee has the right working rights.


5) Save time on training

To cut down on training time, it is important to hire candidates with the correct experience and knowledge. While resumes can be amended, thorough background checks and discussion with former employers will help identify a potential employee's credibility.