Background Screening Blog

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

Starting Job History Verifications on the Right Foot

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 3, 2020 12:31:13 PM
Nearly everyone knows the Forrest Gump quote about life and boxes of chocolates. But the classic movie features another gem of wisdom when Forrest explains, “My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes, where they going, where they been.” This folksy observation holds an essential lesson for HR professionals. Do you know where your candidates have been in their careers? Because much like shoes, employment verifications can give you much insight into the candidate’s past. Verifying a candidate’s work history can confirm the information they provided or listed on their resume, give you a peek into how they perform as an employee, and even offer detail about their personality.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Employment Verifications

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

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

5 Pre-Employment Screening Practices to Challenge in 2019

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 31, 2018 6:53:00 AM
As an HR professional, you’re tasked with making sure every new employee is the right fit for your company. You need to verify that candidates will meet your company’s standards, which is why you conduct background checks. You may even perform recurring checks periodically to confirm that the employee still aligns with your company’s standards. While searches and verifications in your background check packages may remain fairly constant, new ways to manage background check processes can lead to areas of improvement. When was the last time you reevaluated the quality of your pre-employment screening processes?
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Topics: Efficiency, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Employment Verifications

10 Tips to Survive Finding A New Background Screening Vendor

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 26, 2018 7:48:00 AM
With a new year approaching, you may be thinking about changing what may not be working, from recruiting strategies to outsourced human resource functions. When frustrations with your background screening process occur, it may leave you thinking, “There has to be a better way.” You want to identify a company that operates with transparency, invests time to build your relationship, and delivers the service and support needed for a successful process. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to sort through the different facts and features for an honest-to-goodness comparison. We’ve identified a few tips to help you size up your options if you’re looking for a new background screening company for 2019:
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications

How Companies Combat Resume Fraud with Smart Job History & Academic Verifications

Posted by Verified Credentials on Oct 17, 2018 1:44:11 PM
Resume fraud, or accidental mistakes in a candidate’s self-disclosed history are all too familiar in the workforce today. In fact, in the last year, we found discrepancies in nearly half of our employment verifications. With this issue being so widespread it’s no question that verifying the job and education histories of job candidates is something many organizations require before making a move to hire. So, some might ask,  “How can I improve my job history and academic verification process to combat resume fraud?” Verifications seem simple and straightforward. The goal is to confirm the information a candidate has listed on their resume or disclosed upfront for a pre-employment background check. But let's talk about three factors you may not have thought about: 1. Verification process – how can your screening company help you find as much information as possible? 2. What you verify – is date/title or highest degree enough? Take a look at how other employers expand verification criteria. 3. Sources matter – are your verifications confirmed by an authorized source?
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications