The process of hiring new employees involves many steps. It is important to find the right candidate for the job that has the appropriate qualifications, as well as integrity. Pre-employment background checks can be used to cite any previous criminal convictions in an applicants past. Whether the convictions were major or minor, this information will assist the employer in making an informed decision as to whether or not the applicant should be hired. Having a systematic applicant screening protocol can be an important tool to assist employers with their decision-making process for hiring new employees.