Background Check Service Spotlight

Burritos and Background Checks

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Last week I ordered a burrito from a mobile app before I left the office for lunch. It was simple, easy and fast. I was anxious to see if the app would deliver on the promise of speedy pick-up. No more waiting in that line that snakes through the dining area for me! I walked in and strolled right up to the register completely bypassing that huge line. Who wants to wait in that? I have things to do, right? All told I waited maybe seven minutes for my order by app instead of the usual 25 minutes waiting in that line of hungry burrito lovers, who all have checked their Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds more than any human should in a 25 minute time frame. What an improved customer experience all thanks to technology! When I got back to the office and unpacked my personalized Mexican culinary delight, I found that the sour cream was missing and there was a complete lack of guacamole. Ugh! Mobile technology why have you forsaken me!? After a quick check of my order I realized that human error on the execution side was the culprit. Instead of trudging back to the restaurant I decided to forge ahead and eat my lunch. Even if it wasn’t exactly the way I wanted it.

Later that day, I found myself telling a co-worker about my experience and it struck me. Technology, more often than not, only improves the efficiency of a process and not the quality of the end product. I should have known this because we deal with this every day at EmployeeScreenIQ. The background check marketplace is loaded with providers that tout technological wonders that make their background checks budget conscious (cheap) and comprehensive. But we know that these are just claims and marketing fluff. Who would want to claim that the cost their background checks might induce cardiac arrest? Does any vendor promote a less-than comprehensive service?

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5 Secrets to Quality Employment Background Checks

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Just as finding and hiring the right candidate is no simple task, the secret to quality employment background checks isn’t easy either. Your background check results depend on a variety of factors including, your background screening provider, the accuracy of your results, background screening compliance and candidate experience.

Want to know the secret to quality employment background checks? As you might have guessed, it’s not a secret after all. In fact, you can easily pinpoint the quality of your background checks based on a few characteristics.

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Will a DUI Show Up on a Job Seeker’s Background Check?

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Background checks are a valuable way for employers to do their research on the applicant they are about to hire.

If you are bringing someone in to take on responsibilities within your company or organization, it is important to make sure that they will be a good fit, and pose no risk to your organization, or other employees. Background checks require both time and money to conduct. It is important the employer understand the information that could potentially return.

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How Long Does a Background Check Take?

How Long Does a Background Check Take?

Conducting background checks on a perspective employee is a crucial part of any hiring process. Employment screening can take anywhere from one to five days in most cases. This often depends on the type of background check an employer is running and myriad other circumstances.

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Legal or Not, Employers Concerned About Marijuana Use

Trends in Employment Background Checks

For the sixth consecutive year, EmployeeScreenIQ surveyed U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employee background checks. As with our previous surveys, the 2015 survey was designed to provide a reliable snapshot of:

    How employers currently utilize background checks. How they respond to adverse findings on background checks. Their paramount screening-related concerns. And their practices concerning Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) responsibilities, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, and evolving ban the box legislation.

Today, I’d like to share our findings on employers’ attitudes about how their hiring practices might change if recreational marijuana were to become legal throughout the United States.

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Is Finding a Criminal Record like Looking for a Needle in a Haystack?

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Finding a candidate who is a good fit for your company is difficult enough—once you’ve found that candidate, you still need to perform an employment background check to ensure that nothing in their past will interfere with their job. For employers who have even a basic understanding of criminal background checks, you might still wonder how your background screening provider is able to find a record with so many resources available.

In truth, finding a criminal record is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Fortunately for employers, a background screening provider that follows best practices will not only find a candidate’s criminal record but will also verify that the information reported is accurate. Keep reading to learn four ways background screening companies find criminal records and ultimately, deliver the results to you.

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When Your Job Candidate Asks About the Background Check

Background Screening Questions

Most job candidates will have many questions for an employer throughout the hiring process—including questions about the employment background check. Do you have the answers?

Ultimately, knowing these answers benefits you, your company and candidates. Being transparent throughout the hiring process as a whole, and especially during the background screening process greatly affects your candidate experience. The following are questions that you should be prepared to answer about your background checks.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Background Checks

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 I’ve been knee-deep in the online employment space for almost 20 years. But when EmployeeScreenIQ offered me a full time job last year, among other things, I thought it would be a great opportunity to stay in the industry while viewing the world through a very different perspective.

One example: Not every job opening needs a Help Wanted sign on the Internet but every hire needs a background check – even if every employer doesn’t do one on every candidate.

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What Do Bernie Madoff, Al Capone and The Unabomber Have In Common? Understanding Federal Criminal Background Checks

Federal Criminal Background Checks for Employers

If you’re running a criminal background check by adhering to best practices, including a search in each county to determine if your candidate has any convictions on his/her record, then you might consider your employment background screening program both thorough and accurate. On the other hand, if this does not describe your current program, you should consider submitting a request to find out how EmployeeScreenIQ helps clients create a comprehensive screening program tailored to their needs.

But even if your background check company conducts a thorough search, there could be another piece of the puzzle missing: what if your candidate was convicted of a federal crime?

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NAPBS Welcomes Latest Report Recognizing Need for Background Screening

Background Screening for In-Home Workers

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) issued a press release on Tuesday, supporting the Today Show’s recent report that emphasized the critically important role background screening plays in today’s environment.

If you missed the piece, you can read more about the Today Show story here, as well as Nick’s take on why background checks for in-home workers are critical. NAPBS voiced its support of the Today Show story, and shared this message:

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