Should You Background Screen Consultants and Contractors?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
December 1, 2009

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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