Robert McDowell is the Founder and President of McDowell Agency, a full-service firm that offers private investigation and background checks. The firm completes over 50,000 background checks a year for various companies, both on the national and international level. On today’s show, Robert offers advice to business owners and discusses the very important reasons why a business, small or big, should get background checks on a potential hire.
[1:45] How did Robert get into private investigation and this industry?
[2:25] Why would someone need a private investigator?
[3:20] Is being a private detective as glamorous as the TV shows make it out to be?
[5:40] How much does it cost to do a background check?
[6:40] If you want to hire somebody for your leadership team, typically that consists of a criminal check, verification of any licenses and degrees, and verifying prior employers.
[7:55] How does this process work?
[9:40] Do employers really need to do a background check?
[11:35] What kind of businesses should do a background check?
[16:35] Get your forms and business processes reviewed regularly so that you can make it easy to get a background check done.
[20:00] When was the last time you heard of a treasurer cooking the books? It happens regularly and the worst part is it could have been prevented.
[22:55] Do not lie on your application form. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, tick the box yes. Lying on it will lead to an immediate disqualification.
[24:50] There is no universal standard as to where criminal records are held. This is why it really does pay to have an expert check multiple sources.
[26:05] What kind of mistakes do business owners tend to make when it comes to doing a background check?
[29:10] What can business owners do today to get started?
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