So, why is it important for employers to run applicant’s SSNs? Here is a list of common benefits:
Reveals Criminal Records
Not only can candidates falsify their identities with fake names or fake SSNs, but they could use this tactic to hide serious criminal history or a revoked or suspended license. A criminal history background check will only uncover crimes related to the provided identity, so if that name is an alias, it may not uncover the right information.
An SSN check can reveal all names legally attached to an SSN. For example, if a candidate was convicted of a felony while employed in a different state and then legally changed their name and moved before applying for your position, only this type of trace would reveal the criminal record.
Sometimes a candidate could be using multiple names or aliases to hide other aspects of their past, such as poor credit history, a previous termination of employment, and more. A social security trace will turn up all names attached to the number so you can get a full picture of the person you’re considering hiring.
Protect Your Business
When you hire an employee without conducting an SSN trace, you run the risk of hiring an untrustworthy and potentially dangerous individual. They could be unqualified for the job, opening you up to damage to your operations, facilities, or other employees, or they could simply be lying, which is not a practice you want to promote in your workplace.
Contact Barada Associates today to learn more about how a social security history check can safeguard your company.