Background Check, How is it Done?

A background check is just one of the many research services a Cyber Investigator will perform. Performing a background check will consist of discovering or verifying historical facts regarding an individual, or sometimes an organization. However, background checks are often conducted on individuals for the purpose of employment screening. The amount of time a background check takes will be dependent on how deep the check goes. Background checks can involve researching criminal history, credit history, social media presence, past education, employment history, references, and an individual’s personal history. These background check investigations often occur at a desk and utilize the internet in-conjunction with multiple phone calls.

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Background Check Databases

A large part of performing a background check will involve verifying an individual’s past using databases, some paid databases and also free to use ones. An Investigator typically uses a paid government database to access information regarding criminal history. However, just simply discovering court records is usually a service that many government jurisdictions offer for free. Often, an Investigator will lookup an individual’s court record for free and resort to paying for a criminal record check if court records are found. Unlike searching for court records, a credit history check will often require the Investigator to pay for accessing the database that holds financial records.


Background Check Info Resources

  1. Reverse phone search

  2. People finder

  3. Reverse email search

  4. Reverse address search

  5. Image search

Phone Calls

When conducting a background check on an individual, an Investigator will often perform a fair amount of phone calls. This happens a lot when verifying educational degrees. Often, the Investigator will contact the educational institute via phone and validate the degree with the school's records department. However, some universities and colleges protect these records. In this case, the Investigator will have to contact the individual who is the subject of the background check and get them to contact the post-secondary institution themselves in order to access this information. The individual will then be asked to request an educational transcript from the school and get the school to mail it to an address of the Investigator's choosing. This will mitigate tampering of the records document. As with education, researching references will also require phone calls. The Investigator will have to validate that the references are who they say they are and contact them in order to hear their opinions on the subject of the check.

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Lastly, and often the biggest part of a background check, the Investigator will utilize the internet as an investigative tool to research the subject's personal history. Obviously, searching social media platforms will be an important part of this background check process. However, a lot of information can be found on an individual outside of social media. There could be many mentions of the individual on various websites. Many people have a rudimentary grasp on searching the internet. A person could find a few pieces of information when searching on the internet. However, a skilled Investigator will be able to find all relevant information and be able to accurately verify and document it properly. This is why, even with a simple background check task, an experienced and skilled investigator should always be utilized.

About the Author


Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 14 years as a Professional Investigator. Peter Sandru has spent more than a decade conducting investigations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, law firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of many investigative training programs in various capacities. Over the length his career, Peter has performed numerous background checks on individuals and organizations.