Do you need someone to watch your kids or are your looking to hire your first employee? If so, you need a third-party that can screen a potential babysitter or that first employee. Without a proper background check, you may not be able to discern a good babysitter from a dangerous one or a good employee from someone who only appears to be a good fit.
What can a background check accomplish? A background check will enable you to see if the person who you want to work with has a criminal history, bad credit or anything else to be wary of. If someone who wants to watch your children was convicted of a crime in the recent past that is probably someone who should not be around your kids.
Background checks can also let an employer know if a job candidate has anything embarrassing online that may harm the employer’s reputation. For example, if he or she said something bad about a former employer or the industry in general, it may be worthwhile to avoid said candidate.