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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

Background Check Myths: 9 Common Misunderstandings and the Truth Behind Them

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 30, 2019 9:51:09 AM
There’s a lot of fluctuating information out there about background checks. And it’s common for even the most experienced HR leader to be confused or misinformed about various aspects. Unfortunately, misunderstandings can lead to decision making that isn’t based on reliable data. To combat misinformation, we compiled a list of nine myths we’ve often heard from HR professionals about background checks. Some of the truths won’t surprise you – but you may find that some widely held beliefs aren’t entirely accurate.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Recurring Screening, National Criminal Database Search, National Sex Offender Registry, ID Trace

The Perks of Integrating Background Checks with Your Applicant Tracking System

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM
Let’s take a quick count – how many individual login pages do you visit on a frequent basis at work? On top of your organization’s internal systems, you may have a wide range of platforms specific to your HR role including payroll applications, background check dashboards, employee benefits systems, and more. This can result in feeling of disjointed hiring, onboarding, and employee maintenance workflows – not to mention so many open browser windows. But many organizations have already figured out there are ways to simplify some of these with single sign-on solutions through integrations. One common way this is done is through integrating background checks with your ATS.
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Topics: ATS Integration, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience

Maintaining your workforce: Why more companies are adding employee rechecks

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 2, 2019 7:44:00 AM
Spring is in full bloom and it’s a great time for spring cleaning and maintenance. During this season, so many of us take time to give our homes a refresh, get annual checkups, or detail our vehicles – all to prepare for the summer sunshine ahead. Maintenance in your HR world is just as important. Insurance renewals, refresher training courses, tax and marriage status updates, performance appraisals. Updating employee documents is just part of it. The idea of employee maintenance and updates carries over to background screening practices too by updating employee background checks. Recurring screening solutions may help address critical fail points that could occur if staff are left unchecked for long stretches, including: Recent disciplinary actions, offenses, or crimes. Change in licensure status, including an expired professional or driver’s license. Reports of federal system abuse, or worse.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Recurring Screening

Believe It When You See It: Signs of an Effective Background Check [PART 2]

Posted by Verified Credentials on Apr 17, 2019 7:58:00 AM
In part one of our series discussing visible signs of effective background checks, we highlighted how itemized invoices might indicate the overall result of a program. By looking beyond using a bill for payment purposes, you can get details on how broad your background checks really go. Now we will take a look at how these areas may signify the effectiveness of a background screening program:  Management reports from your screening partner Your final background check results
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications, Technology

The Case for Driving Records for Non-Drivers

Posted by Verified Credentials on Apr 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM
If you were tasked with putting together an elite racing team, you’d scour the globe for the best drivers. You’d put them through rigorous tests, checking their driving skills in multiple environments. You’d examine their speed, their safety record and their ability to remain calm under pressure. But chances are you’re not looking to build a team of drivers anytime soon. In fact, you might not have any driving positions at all. So, when candidates apply to your company, you probably don’t even think about checking their driving record, let alone their lap times on a closed track.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Driving Records

Believe It When You See It: Signs of an Effective Background Check [PART 1]

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM
When you look at activities in your life it’s pretty clear when something is working. You know your washer and dryer are doing its job when your clothes are clean. Your coffee pot is keeping up with (high) demand when it makes a hot cup for you in the morning. But some things are less clear. How about your background check program? How do you know when your process for screening candidates is really successful? As important as this is, most of us don’t even think about it until a formal program analysis is requested – maybe once or twice a year.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Social Security Trace

What's to Love about a Background Screening Company with In-House Operations?

Posted by Verified Credentials on Feb 15, 2019 12:54:30 PM
At Verified Credentials, we have all departments housed under one roof. Everyone working together in the same place means we can walk down the hall to discuss solutions for our clients in person. With internal teams, what you get is: Quicker decisions from real-time, in-person meetings, and no lag times to schedule conferences with off-site locations in other time zones to get the job done. Overall synchronicity of service with better training and consistent processes, avoiding disjointed programs or operations that could cause errors or quality issues. Better relationships with people who know you and your business well, avoiding confusion for candidates and your staff.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Technology

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Tips to Streamline Your Hiring Process

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 23, 2019 11:27:42 AM
Work smarter, not harder. We’ve all heard the phrase and it’s certainly a great goal, but how do you actually do it? Well, if you’re an HR professional, working smarter means finding new ways to streamline your hiring activities, including pre-employment background checks. By automating portions of your screening process, you can: Save time Reduce errors and gaps of information Devote more energy to your other responsibilities 
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Topics: Report Scoring, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service