Background Screening Blog

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

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

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

Guide to Understanding the Sources of Sex Offender Background Checks [Infographic]

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 11, 2018 1:43:39 PM
Sex offenses are among the most serious crimes a background check can uncover. Recently, we have heard from some HR professionals who thought they are doing enough to find sex offender records with local and national criminal searches. In some instances, they expect a National Criminal Database Search, with all of its vast sources, to include all sex offender registries and sources. That is not always the case. With that misinformation in mind, a separate sex offender registry background check may seem redundant.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, National Sex Offender Registry

Where Fingerprint Background Checks May Fall Short

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 13, 2018 8:13:59 AM
Watch any crime show on TV and you’re almost guaranteed to see people checking a crime scene for fingerprints. You’ll watch as they enter those fingerprints into some futuristic database and magically get an exact match including name, address and the suspect’s picture. But TV isn’t real life. While fingerprints can certainly help identify individuals, law enforcement fingerprint databases may not be the ideal screening option for every employer. So, when HR professionals choose to rely solely on state or FBI fingerprints for background screening, they might be missing out on critical information. Here’s how fingerprint background checks stack up against a comprehensive report from a reliable background screening company like Verified Credentials.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search

Quick Guide: The Difference Between "National" and "Federal" in Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 26, 2018 12:00:09 PM
  I’m sure you know that background screening terminology, services, and technology can be a little confusing. Like many other HR professionals, you may be looking for a background screening company to educate you about what exactly you can expect in their background checks. For many reasons, including how screening services are named across the industry, questions can still remain. That’s not the only problem. You don’t want to wrongly identify what service will get you the background information needed.  We have seen some employers have difficulty deciphering labels for a few searches in particular, best summed up with a central question: What is the difference between the “national” criminal database and the “federal” criminal history search? In many other situations, it is completely reasonable to assume that the words “national” and “federal” are interchangeable. Think about it, “national” parks are on “federal” lands and the “Federal” Bureau of Investigations” deals with matters of “national” security. It quickly becomes clear how industry jargon and legal distinctions can confuse HR professionals when it comes time to build a background check package. Well, when it comes to background screening, “national” and “federal” are actually quite a bit different. Understanding the difference can be beneficial to your background screening process as the terms indicate different sources that return very different results. Keep reading below and we’ll tell you exactly how these types of searches differ. Mistaking one for the other is not an error you’ll want to risk.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search