Background Screening Blog

Background Check Search Scope 101: The 4 Basic Factors

Posted by Verified Credentials on Aug 12, 2020 3:40:41 PM
The information reported from a background check – and how it is found – is not always obvious. Numerous settings define how far and wide different background checks search. Those elements offer a path to the specific data you need. How you use these elements can result in a superficial scan of relevant records, or a more comprehensive look into a candidate’s history. There is widespread confusion about how exactly to identify where scope of a background check can be audited and better defined for an improved background check. A commonly used problem-solving tool can provide a great roadmap to see where to manage search scope.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, ID Trace, Background Check Scope

Do More with Less: 7 Ways to Automate Hiring and Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 10, 2020 1:13:16 PM
Hiring volumes shift up and down, and sometimes in the upswing, you are left working with fewer resources. It might seem like maintaining your high standards is impossible when your average resources per candidate go down. Still, there are smart ways you can stabilize your hiring experience when you are feeling a pinch. Let’s take a look at seven principles you might apply when you need to do more with less.
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Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Technology

2020 So Far: What’s Been Happening in Background Screening Compliance?

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jun 30, 2020 8:31:24 AM
A lot has changed in the world since we started 2020. As we round out the first half of the year, we are looking back on changes we have seen in the background screening industry. From new laws to additional interpretations, here are the top compliance areas we have been watching this year.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Compliance, FCRA, Ban the Box, Salary History Ban

How to Align Background Checks and Hiring Goals to Prepare for Growth

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM
Have you been thinking about your goals for your next round of hires? It may be just the time to start thinking about future staffing needs and how your background screening strategy can keep up. Scaling up and down quickly to accommodate busy seasons is second nature for some industries, but more employers across industries are looking for ways to welcome new employees, sometimes quickly. We are tracking influences on hiring trends and ways to modify your background checks to prepare for growth. See what we learned:
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Background Check Packages, Bulk Background Checks

See Ya, Sticky Notes: How to Make Your Background Check To-Do List Disappear

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM
How many reminders do you have set on your calendar, your phone, or the classic stand-by sticky note? We’re a Minnesota company, the place where Post-it notes were invented, so we have nothing against this helpful tracking method. But chances are that you’ve got more than a dozen reminders on your list. Before you see your workspace littered with colorful flags and reminders to keep your background checks on track, we have a couple decluttering solutions.
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Topics: Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications

Remote Control 101: How Employers Are Hiring Remotely

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 27, 2020 3:44:27 PM
Are you considering making the jump to remote teams? Maybe you have already have teleworkers on your team. Companies are showing their strength and versatility with the use of technology to meet their goals in daily operations, hiring, and prospecting with potential clients. Regardless of the industry, there are many opportunities for employers to embrace remote employees and the flexibility that comes with these roles. For hiring managers, remote positions also raise questions about the hiring processes and structure for hiring managers to create more efficient workflows.  
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Technology

New Report Reveals 5 Keys to Efficient Pre-Hire Processes

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM
It’s no secret that connecting all human resources processes in one convenient ecosystem is the gold-star goal for many HR leaders. The efficiency and professionalism of your onboarding process has significant payouts – earning the trust, respect, and confidence of your candidates—and it all starts with how you use smart tools and HR systems.
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Topics: ATS Integration, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Technology

Introducing Rapid Drug Tests for Rapid Hiring

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 16, 2020 8:16:38 AM
Background checks generally take anywhere from a single day up to three days on average to complete. Conducting drug tests can extend this average since time to collect, test and validate results can take additional time. When 96% of drug tests are negative, meaning no indication of substance use is found, the benefit of expediting the availability of negative results changes the game for employers that drug test current and prospective employees.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Rapid Drug Testing

5 Steps to Help You Prepare for an Employment Background Check

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 9, 2020 12:46:09 PM
Applying for a new job can sometimes feel overwhelming. And just when you think the process is near the end, the background check might bring on added anxiety. But honestly, there’s no reason to be intimidated. While employment background checks vary in complexity, they tend to have a straightforward and consistent process, which makes it fairly easy for you to prepare. Start with getting familiar with the steps to complete a background check and where you might be able to plan.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Self-Background Check

Here’s Verified Credentials’ 2020 Report on Background Screening Trends by Industry

Posted by Verified Credentials on Feb 18, 2020 1:35:12 PM
“What background checks are other companies searching?” This is a question we often hear from HR professionals like you when we begin consulting on the current state of background checks. The most up-to-date trends can be an easy and obvious starting point for evaluating your background screening strategy.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks