Should You Background Screen Consultants and Contractors?

As the owner of (or manager at) a business, you probably hire consultants and/or contractors on either a regular or occasional basis.  So the question becomes:  Should you background screen those persons?

To help you determine if it’s worth your while to put contractors/consultants through background screening before allowing them to work with your company, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will this individual have access to any confidential data while working with you?
  • Will this individual be handling money?
  • If this individual has a questionable background, could it affect the way your company is perceived?
  • By the outside world, will this individual be thought of as an “employee” of your company, despite his or her contractor/consultant status?
  • Will this individual have keys to your location?
  • Will this individual have a work station at your location?
  • Will this individual be working with your company for an extended period of time?

If you answered “yes” to at least one of the questions above, it’s a good idea for you to consider getting your contracted employee background checked for the safety of your company’s reputation, your clients, your company and your team.

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  • Kristina Taylor
    In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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