Instant Background Checks

Nick Fishman

Believe it or not, there are some relevant and thorough portions of a background check that can be conducted instantly.  Typically, these are searches where there is a direct line to the source of information that has been thoroughly vetted for accuracy and depth of information.  Such searches include Motor Vehicle Records, Address History Search, Homeland Security Searches (often referred to as Terrorist Watch lists), Office of Inspector General Searches and Credit Reports.  However, you should be weary when you see things such as "instant criminal background checks".  For the only instant source for a criminal record search is a database product which is cheap and is fast, but is neither thorough or comprehensive.  The gold standard for thorough, accurate and complete criminal record searches is still the time tested practice of on-site research in the county (ies) where a person has lived, worked or gone to school over the past 7-10 years.  While it might take more time (average of 1-4 days), there is no substitute or shortcut that has proven to be more effective. 

Eventually maybe there will be one consolidated source for all criminal record searches, but there is also a day when we all might choose to fly our own personal vehicles to work rather than drive. Right now the date for both of these endeavors is in the yet to be determined future.  Until then, beware of the instant criminal background check.

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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