When a new employee, potential investor, or client comes into your company’s mix, it’s important to perform your due diligence on their background and history in order to keep your company safe. To prevent future issues with associates, private investigator Bo Dietl lists four services your company should employ:
- School documents. Especially for a potential new employee, it’s important to check out his or her educational record. Does this person have the degree they claim to have? Is it in the correct field? This information is essential in determining reliability, honesty, and qualification.
- Employment history. Although you likely have a copy of this person’s résumé, the information may not be entirely accurate. Make sure you not only look into whether or not the person is honest about where and when they were previously employed, but that you also check in with references and former employers to ensure they will be a good fit for your business.
- Criminal history. Before hiring an employee, you will want to find out whether or not they have a criminal past. However, not everyone will be forthcoming or honest with this information. Look into their legal history to make sure it won’t affect your ability to trust and work with the individual.
- Credit check. Especially in a potential business partner or investor, a credit history check is imperative. You want to work with someone who pays back debt on time and is savvy with not only their own wallet but with others’ as well.