As an employer, you obviously want to ensure that you are hiring quality people who will do their best to represent your organization well. While you want to trust everything that a prospective employee writes for you on their application, but history tells us that this does not always happen. You have the right to know more, and you have an obligation to protect your company as well. This is why you will want to conduct a social security number trace on any applicant who you are considering for hire. Here are two reasons why this is the case.
Detailed Criminal Records
Many people run a criminal records check based on name alone, but this does not tell you the entire story. It is important to use a social security number because this reveals to you names and aliases that the applicant may have never even told you about. When you conduct this trace, you might discover a criminal history that is rather concerning to you and would give you pause before hiring the individual. On the other hand, a clean check will be that added assurance that you are making the right hiring decision after all.
Incorrect Social Security Number
When you conduct this trace, you might discover that an applicant gave you the social security number of somebody else that they know. This might be an honest mistake, but more often than not it is because they were trying to hide something from their past. When the wrong number is used, you will be able to tell based on this report because the information that is returned to you will not line up with what they have told you. This would obviously be a cause for concern and something that you want to know about.
These two reasons illustrate why you will want to conduct a trace on the social security number of any individual you are thinking about hiring. It is the responsible thing to do. You want to know that you have done what you can to hire the best person for the job in the end.