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Should you do a background check before hiring?
Robert McDowell is the Founder and President of McDowell Agency, a full-service firm that offers private investigation and background checks. The firm completes over 50,000 background checks a year for various companies, both on the national and international level. On this episode of the Dynasty Leadership Podcast, Robert offers advice to business owners and discusses the very important reasons why a business, small or big, should get background checks on potential hires.“Workforce violence is up 800% in the last 10 years. 18% of violent crime now occurs in the workplace.” - Robert McDowell Click To Tweet
[1:45] How did Robert get into private investigation and this industry?
[2:25] Why would someone need a private investigator?
[3:20] Is being a private detective as glamorous as the TV shows make it out to be?
[5:40] How much does it cost to do a background check?
[6:40] If you want to hire somebody for your leadership team, typically that consists of a criminal check, verification of any licenses and degrees, and verifying prior employers.
[7:55] How does this process work?
[9:40] Do employers really need to do a background check?
[11:35] What kind of businesses should do a background check?
[16:35] Get your forms and business processes reviewed regularly so that you can make it easy to get a background check done.
[20:00] When was the last time you heard of a treasurer cooking the books? It happens regularly and the worst part is it could have been prevented.
[22:55] Do not lie on your application form. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, tick the box yes. Lying on it will lead to an immediate disqualification.
[24:50] There is no universal standard as to where criminal records are held. This is why it really does pay to have an expert check multiple sources.
[26:05] What kind of mistakes do business owners tend to make when it comes to doing a background check?
[29:10] What can business owners do today to get started?
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