Background Screening Blog

3 Ways to Craft Company Culture Through Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 4, 2019 11:28:54 AM
Company culture is the personality of every organization, and so, your culture says a lot about who your organization is to candidates and employees alike. Signs from your culture can greatly influence how they expect to be treated and viewed in their professional lives. No matter if your culture is casual or formal, finding ways to remain consistent with it through your HR policies and procedures can genuinely benefit you. A recent Gallup survey even links well-established company culture to an increase in revenue.
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Topics: Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks, Recurring Screening, Employment Verifications, Background Check Packages, Background Check Scope, Company Culture

Clearing the Top 3 Hurdles of Employment Verifications

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 18, 2019 12:20:19 PM
When you want to vet job candidates thoroughly, those get-to-know-you validations may come by way of an employment verification. It can give you a look into how that candidate is as an employee — confirming that they may be a good fit, or not, for your organization. On-the-job insights can be a loaded with value, but you may experience hurdles on the way to find out if that candidate is experienced, qualified, and a cultural fit for your team.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Employment Verifications

Background Screening ROI for 2020 Planning

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 5, 2019 1:43:52 PM
Business leaders are always eager to measure return on investment (ROI) for every aspect of their business. From marketing spend to office supplies, they want to know that every cost is producing a positive return. Proving ROI can be challenging for HR professionals who deal with the business of people. But it turns out, one of the most cost-effective processes in your entire organization might be your background screening program. 
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Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks

Compliance Report: Upward Trend of FCRA Litigation

Posted by Verified Credentials on Oct 15, 2019 11:05:00 AM
Interpretations and understanding of what the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) means to employers are snowballing, thanks in large part to the rise of legal cases helping to define duties of employers. 
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Topics: Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

Cleaning Up HR Processes: How Report Adjudication Helps Sort Background Check Results Systemwide

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 25, 2019 8:20:00 AM
Reviewing background check results can sometimes feel overwhelming. Routing results to the right decision makers and knowing if someone objectively satisfies hiring criteria across hundreds and thousands of job candidates is no easy task. Enter the Marie Kondo-esque approach to evaluating background checks, known as Report Scoring or report auto-adjudication services. The “magic of tidying up” your screening processes can give your team a clear picture of evaluation criteria and neat and obvious paths forward to sort those job candidates into new hire categories.
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Topics: Report Scoring, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Technology

Keep It Simple: An FTC Guide to Disclosure and Authorization Forms

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 13, 2019 9:47:11 AM
The requirements and obligations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can be challenging to navigate, even for the most seasoned employer. Any employer that uses a professional background screening company like Verified Credentials to get a background report (called a “Consumer Report” under the FCRA) on applicants or employees is likely subject to the FCRA.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Compliance, FCRA, FTC

A Better Candidate Experience: How Your Background Check Can Help You Earn All-Star Ratings from Job Seekers

Posted by Verified Credentials on Aug 9, 2019 4:04:52 PM
Today, the entire world is under review. People won’t step foot in a restaurant without first checking Yelp, they’ll only see movies certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, and they give their Uber drivers a score as soon as they step out of the car. It seems we’ve applied a five-star scale to every aspect of our lives, including career opportunities. In fact, nearly 3 out of 4 job seekers admit to sharing negative experiences with their social connections. Job hunters begin judging companies and forming opinions even before starting the application process. That means employers and HR professionals need to provide the best possible candidate experience if they hope to attract top talent, and when it comes to background checks that might mean: Leveraging technology to make a seamless user experience Preparing candidates for what lies ahead Staying connected with applicants (No ghosting here!)
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Candidate Experience

High Demand in Tech Hiring: The Quest for Better Tactical Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 19, 2019 9:38:06 AM
Children are using iPads in schools, artificial intelligence is changing the way we work, and nobody can seem to look up from their smartphone, ever. We are in a golden age of transformative technological advancements. As a result, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states the technology workforce is pacing for a 13 percent growth by 2026, creating high demand for tech talent. Building a talented and qualified tech force that mitigates risk for the misuse of data and technology is no small job, and the competition has led many technology companies to adopt a unique approach to conducting background checks. Here’s what makes the industry different and why you might want to consider a similar approach, no matter what industry you’re in.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Government Watch List, Technology Industry

What Comes Up on a Background Check: Marriage Between Product and Scope

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jun 26, 2019 8:30:00 AM
The weather is warm, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun is shining. The return of summer means wedding season is upon us once again. For family and friends, there’s nothing like seeing two people who are perfect for each other come together to start a new chapter in their lives. For HR professionals ordering background checks, there’s a different kind of union that can be just as important: the marriage between product and scope. Just like a successful marriage depends on two people working together, what comes up on a background check depends on the product and scope working in harmony. Let’s take a closer look at why this relationship is so important and what you can do to make sure you and your background check process live happily ever after.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search, ID Trace, Driving Records, Background Check Scope

Challenging the State of your Background Screening Package

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jun 11, 2019 1:51:06 PM
Same as it ever was… It’s amazing how easy it is to overlook screening packages, often kept at status quo year after year. We surveyed HR professionals during a recent webinar, revealing the last time they reviewed their background screening program structure - and it wasn’t just yesterday. The survey showed that 2 out of 3 HR professionals admitted it has been a few years or longer since they evaluated screening packages.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Background Check Packages