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How do PIs Conduct Background Check?

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?
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Background investigations and reference checks are employers' principal means of securing information about potential hires from sources other than the applicants themselves. A background investigation generally involves determining whether an applicant may be unqualified for a position due to a record of a criminal conviction, motor vehicle violations, poor credit history, or misrepresentation regarding education or work history. A reference check generally involves contacting applicants' former employers, supervisors, co-workers and educators to verify previous employment and to obtain information about the individual's knowledge, skills, abilities and character.

More often than not, Private Investigation Agencies are hired by corporations to do background checks on persons of interests. However, occasionally, individuals can also hire PIs to do a background check on someone else. Here's how a typical background check by a PI is like:

1. Identity Verification

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?

Confirmation of the individual's identity such as full name as in NRIC, date and place of birth, Singapore business registration (ACRA) and Singapore residential address, as well as any personal connections of interests such as family or close friends.

2. Individual's History

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?

Identification and fact check of the individual's history such as previous residential and business addresses.

3. Criminal Records (if any)

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?

PIs are also able to check if this individual has any pending or past criminal records within the Singapore Jurisdiction. This comes in handy if you are about to enter into a legal agreement with this individual such as a business contract.

4. Surveillance

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?

Although background checks are often sufficient, some employers require more in-depth profiling of an individual would sometimes request for surveillance. PIs will then activate a team of professionals to tail the subject for a period of time to monitor his daily routine and habits to establish updated profiling as well and confirm certain details not found from the background check.

Depending on the client's needs, the extent of background checks may vary. Professional PIs will be able to advise you on what you should do in order to achieve the information you require.

If you’d like to learn more on private investigation related knowledge, feel free to check out our other articles here. We've also written an article on how to hire a PI agency in Singapore here.

Asia Top Investigation How do PIs Conduct Background Check?


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