Background Investigations

September 20, 2019

finger prints in background investigations
If you are a business owner or a simply a cautious person, you have likely thought about hiring a private investigator to perform background investigations on potential new employees or anyone else who has entered your life. Performing background investigations can save you a lot of trouble down the road by learning about a person’s past upfront. Here is everything you need to know before hiring a private investigator to do one for you:

What information is needed to perform one?

To perform a thorough background investigation, your private investigator will need several key pieces of information: full name and middle initial, date and location of birth, social security number, schools attended and degrees awarded, and past employers. 

What shows up on background investigations?

Many people assume that a background investigation is equivalent to a criminal history check, but a full background investigation is actually much more thorough. Yes, a criminal history check is included, but a background investigation also includes education and employment history, civil records, references, and more. A background investigation ensures that the person you are looking into is who they say they are and that they don’t have any convictions or lawsuits. 

How long do background investigations take?

This will depend on how much information you already have about a person among other factors. A typical background investigation can take anywhere from a week to a month to complete. This type of investigation can be delayed if a person’s school or employer has not digitized all of their records. Your private investigator at Arkansas Investigations will take enough time to be thorough, but not any more time than necessary.

How much does it cost?

The cost of a background check can vary considerably between private investigators because of the quality of the investigation, so this is a difficult question to answer. In short, you get what you pay for. If you go for a cheaper option, you are not going to get as in-depth of a background investigation, but if you opt for one that is a little pricier, you can rest assured that your private investigator is going to explore every avenue of that person’s past.

What are the limitations of background investigations?

As with any kind of investigation, there are always going to be limitations. For example, a person’s records might not all be online, which makes it very difficult for a private investigator to track down. Additionally, there is always the possibility that a person’s information is not accurate, up-to-date, or verified. In these cases, your private investigator has their hands tied, but they will do the best background investigation they can with the information that is available. 

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