Background Check Service Spotlight

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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Canada Pardoning Citizens with Criminal Records

Criminal Background Check Record Suspension

We often discuss the challenges of ex-felons going back to work and the problems they face when making this transition. From issues like ban the box to a company’s compliance in their use of criminal records in hiring decisions, there’s a never ending list of challenges that arise. One of these topics includes expunging criminal records, so that even if an employer conducts a background check, an applicant’s criminal record will not be found.

In Canada, a job candidate could simply submit an application and if accepted, their criminal record will be suspended. This action may allow those with a criminal history to find a job more quickly and will assist in making the hiring process much smoother. In Canada, they recently implemented legislation (in March of 2012) for this practice of record suspension, allowing ex-offenders a pardon for past crimes. According to Chris Heringer, a senior executive with Pardon Applications of Canada, a nationwide application firm, this is a great opportunity, particularly for those seeking employment:

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City to Require Background Checks to Rent Buildings

City to require background checks to rent buildings

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Background checks now will be required of anyone wanting to rent a city school building for a private or group event.

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Microsoft Sued for Rescinding Offer Following Background Check

HRRecruitingAlert’s Sam Narisi just posted a great story about a case where Microsoft was sued and found liable for rescinding a job offer after it found adverse information on the candidate’s background check.  I had always been under the impression that a conditional offer could be made pending the successful completion of the check.  It turns out that this is correct, however there’s a little wrinkle everyone should pay attention to in Schley v. Microsoft Corp. See post below.

Offer Rescinded After Background Check: Can Candidate Sue?– By Sam Narisi

Your company offers a candidate the job — then rescinds after his background check uncovered a felony conviction. He sues, claiming he was promised a job, quit his old position and bought a house in preparation to relocate. Who wins?

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Background Check for the “Best Job in the World”

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Worlds best job

In the past 48 hours I have witnessed the best Public Relations campaign I have ever seen.  I guess I will further enhance their ‘publicity stunt’ by writing about it myself!  I have not only seen this as a top story on local and national news but also sites such as Digg, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and many others.  The campaign is doing so well that it actually crashed their website. Does this job application mention a background check? I don’t know, I can’t even get into the site because too many people are hitting it at once. Does it even matter if someone has a criminal record if they are on a deserted island? I’ll let our readers decide!

Demand for “best job in the world” crashes websiteSYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – The chance to be the caretaker of a tiny tropical island in Australia has sparked so much interest around the world that a rush of applications crashed the website advertising the post.The job, which offers a salary of $105,000 to spend six months on the Great Barrier Reef island of Hamilton, has been inundated with hundreds of thousands of prospective candidates.An official from the state of Queensland, which is offering the position, said the job was created as an antidote to the global economic slump and was being advertised in 18 countries including the United States and China.Local media said technicians had to restore the website ( after it could not cope with the volume of interest and crashed for several hours. Some sections are still not up and running.More

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Background Check Could Have Stopped This Scam

What do a couple billionaires, a former President Clinton confidant, a retired appeals court justice, Las Vegas casinos and five NFL quarterbacks have in common?  They all invested in a company called “Pay By Touch” led by a man named John P. Rogers.  The company was supposedly developing biometric authentication technology that could be used to generate financial transactions through thumb print identification.

Now, all of these people have another thing in common: their millions of investment dollars have been squandered away by the company and its top executive.  What’s worse, it’s not the first time John Rogers has done this.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports that he did the same thing with a company in Minneapolis several years earlier.  They also documented a laundry list of illegal, unethical and irresponsible behavior perpetrated by Rogers since 1999.

According to the report, “Rogers ‘had a common name, and he never claimed to have done anything special before,’ the former insider said. Only ‘minimal’ background checks were performed, he said.”

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