There are many situations under which a background check on a particular individual becomes appropriate. Employment screening, personal history check, credit evaluation, entrance application, immigration and official matters, to mention a few. A background record can unveil a great amount of information about the subject. This is because many of our particulars are on public records. There are slight variations in the manner in which it is done but all states now have them fairly well documented. It has become quite easy to log onto government databases for people’s particulars. Such information are hosted and maintained in their respective public offices of concern and access would be granted for public viewing as long as procedures are complied with. In fact, laws are in place to mandate and ensure this as a public civil right albeit being incessantly pressured as a privacy issue, perennial opposing contentions across the fine line.
The most widely used method by far to conduct Background Checks nowadays is without doubt, online through the internet. The main advantages of online check are speed, cost and convenience. Another option is investigation agencies or background check companies. This can be quite a bit costlier in terms of fees and time duration but the results are typically more detailed, specific and thorough. Also, there’s the old-fashioned direct word of mouth method, through personal network and other social and professional circles. The problem with this method is its reliability and accuracy. The flipside is the information gathered can be extremely private and privileged, sort of like ‘inside stories’.