Daily English 1268 - Conducting Employee Background Checks

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Dialogue/Story

Vanessa:  I can’t wait until the new employees start work. We need the help.

Daniel:  It won’t be for a while. Background checks have to be done first.

Vanessa:  Background checks? Are those really necessary?

Daniel:  You’d be surprised. We’ve been burned before. We don’t want to hire anyone with prior instances of negligence or anyone else who has been involved in a corporate scandal. Sometimes we even get people with fraudulent credentials.

Vanessa:  Isn’t a background check kind of invasive? What do they check for, a criminal record?

Daniel:  Yes, but that’s just the beginning. Investigators check driving records, credit reports, school transcripts, sex offender lists, and much more.

Vanessa:  I had no idea.

Daniel:  When someone runs your Social Security number, all kinds of things come up. Investigators also check court records and medical records.

Vanessa:  That’s amazing.

Daniel:  On top of all that, they often speak with past employers and character references.

Vanessa:  And the new hires are okay with the company doing this kind of invasive background check?

Daniel:  You were.

Vanessa:  Me?! You mean they ran a background check on me before I was hired?

Daniel:  You bet.

Vanessa:  So they know all about…

Daniel:  What?

Vanessa:  Forget it.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

Category: Business


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