Companies conducting background checks are indeed a messy affair, but also a crucial step to be taken. With increasing frauds like mentioning wrong information on resumes, it somewhat becomes necessary to put a little extra scrutiny on a new candidate applying for a job.
There’s also a clause that has to be noted here- there is a certain protocol every company has to follow while conducting background checks.
What happens in a Background Check?
Do you know what happens in a Background Check? Keep reading to find out more.
A background check is conducted on a person applying for a job after they have been interviewed. As mentioned earlier consent must be taken from the applicant to run a background check.
A basic background check involves checking whether the candidate’s portfolio is genuine or not. This can include educational qualifications, additional skills and work history.
Apart from this- criminal records, medical records, drug tests, personal background, credit scores are also checked depending on the job requirement.
Article 21 in the Indian Constitution
In the Indian Constitution, Article 21 states that:
‘No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by the law’.
Article 21 manifests the Right to Privacy for every Indian citizen. If any screening or background check has to take place, it should happen legitimately.
Need for consent
An employer must take consent from the applicant in writing, else legal action can be taken against the company.
You can refrain from providing your consent, but it will only lead to further speculation about the credentials mentioned in your CV and resume.
However, there is a thin line between conducting background checks and finding out information about the applicant that is unnecessary for the job profile.
Hence, there are a few norms that should be followed while conducting background checks.