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…
Vanessa: Forget it.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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