In these times, it’s really easy to investigate people online but that doesn’t mean it won’t be complicated when it comes time to conduct one. Not having enough information is one of the biggest problems an individual will face when investigating people online.
This goes hand in hand with the fact that dozens, if not hundreds, of people, share the exact same name, zip code, state, etc. Because of these factors, it’s important to know the common mistakes people make when investigating people online and how to avoid them to ensure that yours is successful.
Looking Into the Wrong Person
Like we said just before, dozens of people, if not hundreds, all share the same information. This is especially true when it comes to a person’s name. How many Dave Smith’s are out there, and how do you know when you’ve closed in on the right one if you don’t have a cache of personal information on the person?
It’s very easy to pull up information on the wrong person if you aren’t very careful, so to avoid this mistake make sure that you have more than just a name before doing the background search. A home phone number and other personal information is the best way to avoid getting the wrong person.
Seeing the Wrong Information
Like seeing the wrong person, you can also see the wrong information. In fact, employers who have conducted background checks for applicants they are considering hiring, have hired those who appear to have a clean criminal record.
However, this is not always the case. Sometimes, you will find that you are getting the wrong information and don’t know it until you think you’ve found what you need. A screening company that has studied databases from federal corrections have found an error rate of up to 41%, so you can see how important it is to have the right information on hand before you begin.
This, once again, means that you have to be extremely careful with the information you’re bringing to the table for the background search.
Running With the First Check They Get
More often than not, a single background search will not do the trick. You can come up with the wrong information or find information on the wrong person entirely. With this in mind, it’s very important to do a double check instead of a single check.
By doing a double check you will be able to make sure that everything checks out properly. If you come out with one person and certain information the first time, but get something different entirely the second time, you will know that something isn’t right.
Double checking your background search is the best way to ensure that you have the exact information you’ll need. If you don’t get what you’re looking for the first time, or have a feeling that you missed something, doing a double check will help.
Either way, a single background search can often leave you with questions and a feeling that you didn’t get everything the first time, so always do a double check.
Using Social Media to Investigate People Online
Using social media is not the tool or source of information you’re going to want to use for a background check. Why? Because social media can be a very biased source of information.
We often hear that potential employers will do a check of an applicant’s social media accounts to see what type of person they are and what they are up to, which is very true.
Although, potential employers are not the only people who do this as a form of checking a person’s background. Suspicious spouses, neighbors, etc., all do this when they are trying to look into a person.
While this source of information on a person may give you some easy answers, it’s not something you’re going to be able to use for a background search, nor should you want to.
There’s nothing wrong with looking into a person’s social media account to see what they’re up to and find certain information, but make sure you take all of this information with a grain of salt.
The information found should not be used for hiring decisions, as a source of whether or not they are safe, etc.
Not Foregoing a Complete Background Search
Doing a background search isn’t simple and should not be done using half your efforts. There is a good reason why you are conducting this check in the first place, so why not do a complete one?
A lot of people make the mistake of not conducting a complete background check on a person, which leaves room for major cracks in the foundation that important information can, and does, slip through.
You can avoid this mistake by always foregoing with a comprehensive background check instead of a simple one. After all, why make the effort if you’re not going to completely dive in?
Conducting a Background Search the Right Way
When it comes to doing a background search, always make sure that you have the right name, proper information and are doing it the right, thorough way. Otherwise, you’ll just be wasting your time and will be no closer to the answers you’re currently in search of.