Screening Add-Ons: Why Do I Need an Employment Verification Check? 2 Nov 2017


For many employers, performing a background check of an applicant’s employment history is standard procedure before any offer is made.

Think about it. When looking through resumes, there are a lot of things that can stand out to an employer: degrees from prestigious institutions, awards, recognition, industry certification, and so forth. But above all, perhaps the most important is a candidate’s previous record of employment. After all, this is the proof in the pudding, so to speak. Knowing where someone has worked and what they did there can help you gauge if they will succeed in the available position.

Because of the weight behind this information, candidates often lie or embellish their employment history. In fact, lying about past work history might be more common than you think. These are some of the many reasons people might lie about their work history:

  • To gain a coveted position at your company.
  • To hide periods of unemployment.
  • To negotiate a higher salary.
  • The candidate is confident they can perform the tasks required for the job but feel their employment history doesn’t reflect this.

The prevalence of falsifying employment history means that performing a background check is of the utmost importance.

However, not all employment verification screenings are equal, and not all are as thorough as you need them to be. At Trusted Employees, we have 20 years of experience and a team of professionals who will check to make sure that reality matches up with each applicant’s resume.

We’ll also look into their standing with their previous employer. Why did they leave? What were the circumstances? Would they be eligible for rehire? We’ll contact previous employers to answer these questions, giving you the information you need to make the right decision.

You want to be sure the person you hire has the specific skills and experience you need to move your company forward. Therefore, it’s wise to make verification of employment a standard part of any hire. It’s a simple step, and having us perform an employment verification background check is far cheaper than the costs associated with hastily hiring someone who has an impressive, though fabricated, resume.