Background Screening Blog

Tune Up for The New Year! 9 Employment Verification Questions

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jan 16, 2023 11:52:03 AM
As we look ahead into 2023, it may be a good time to look back and reevaluate your company’s professional verification process. Confirming a candidate’s employment history can be critical in determining whether they are the right fit for a particular role. To make sure your processes are ready for the year ahead, ask yourself these nine questions for a verification tune-up:
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Topics: Employment Verifications, Academic Verifications

Get In On The Conversation: Fireside Chat About Social Media Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 21, 2022 10:10:31 AM
Clare Horvik, Vice President of Marketing for Verified Credentials, invited Ben Mones, CEO of Fama Technologies, for an interview to discuss a hot topic – social media screening. 
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Employment Verifications, social media screening, Employee Experience

Verified Credentials Ranked a Top Pre-employment Screening Provider by HRO Today

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 16, 2022 1:56:30 PM
Thanks to our remarkable clients, Verified Credentials was named a winner in the Midsize Program of Background Screeners in the 2022 Baker's Dozen by HRO Today. This award ranks Verified Credentials at the top of the Pre-employment Screening Provider marketplace, driven by the feedback of our users and the relationships we have fostered.
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New Drug Testing Laws & How Employers Are Adapting

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 29, 2022 7:15:00 AM
In 1971, President Nixon declared drug abuse “public enemy number one.” Then, in 1986, President Reagan signed an executive order requiring workplace drug testing for all federal employees. This may have even kicked off a sharp increase in the use of pre-employment drug testing by companies of all sizes. There have been changes to the legal landscape surrounding drug laws since then. Some jurisdictions have adopted more relaxed criminal penalties for drug possession. Others have legalized certain substances. Now some employers face a dilemma. How do they adapt their drug testing policies, or should they even test at all?
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Topics: drug testing, cannabis

What Social Media Screening Is Not

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 17, 2022 4:08:18 PM
As a result of the widespread usage of social media, there has been increased interest in recent years regarding the new era of social media screening. Social media screening has become a vital component of the hiring process for businesses everywhere. This helpful tool has the potential to allow companies to see prospective candidates through a new lens, highlighting which people might be an ideal fit for their values and which might not. Screening social media on the front of the funnel may directly impact a company's retention and engagement strategy by capturing potentially concerning content right out of the gate.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, social media screening

Screening at Large Volume: Potential Ways to Optimize Hourly, Seasonal, or Other High-Quantity Background Checks

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 3, 2022 9:44:35 AM
Hourly workers make up the majority of employees in the United States. Knowing how best to screen for these positions may be crucial for employers. Oftentimes, these hourly positions — in addition to other categorically similar work like seasonal hires — need to be screened en masse, and quickly. Businesses may want to evaluate their high-volume hiring processes, including how they screen for those roles. It can be a crucial step to make sure they are getting quality candidates in a way that doesn’t make it difficult for candidates or internal hiring teams.
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Topics: Bulk Background Checks

Protecting Candidate Privacy with Background Check Data Security

Posted by Verified Credentials on Sep 21, 2022 11:57:33 AM
When screening new candidates, employers collect a significant amount of private information. With most of this critical data stored digitally, protecting it can be challenging. Especially when compared to the physical paper files of the past. Having an effective data security protocol is key to ensuring that sensitive information does not become available to outside parties. Let's look at what employers may consider keeping data secure.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, data security

3 Ways Background Checks Can Support Employee Retention

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 29, 2022 3:49:23 PM
Companies love to talk about making “investments for the future.” Whether opening a new sales office or purchasing new equipment, each move is meant to advance the company's long-term goals. The same is true for hiring new employees. Hiring managers hope the person they’re hiring will stay with the organization long-term. More importantly, they hope the hire is a lasting contributor to the company’s success. Achieving strong employee retention is more important than ever in today’s challenging hiring market. In fact, the cost of replacing a departing employee can be up to 200% of the position’s salary.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Experience, Reference Checks

Background Check Discrepancy Rates: Where Records May Be Found

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jul 14, 2022 1:30:35 PM
A discrepancy is when two pieces of information don’t line up. Where there should be agreement, there’s confusion or ambiguity. In other words, a discrepancy happens when something isn’t quite right. The same is true for background check discrepancies. These could include situations where a piece of information from a candidate’s profile is missing, couldn’t be verified, or a record came back that requires review. Background check discrepancies are not necessarily bad, but they could indicate that something may warrant further attention.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks

Screening On the Go: The Mobile Candidate Experience for Background Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 26, 2022 8:00:00 AM
Screens matter – screen size that is. Most people live on their phones. The average person in the U.S. checks their phone 344 times per day, roughly once every four minutes. For many job applicants, that may be doubly true. They are flipping screen-to-screen, filling out applications, scheduling interviews, and vigilantly watching for updates (and offers!) from HR teams. In 2020, mobile job applications surpassed desktop for the first time. That accounted for nearly 61% of all applications submitted, according to Appcast. As an HR professional, it’s your job to meet candidates where they are. You need to create the type of experiences that help attract and retain top talent. If candidates prefer a mobile experience, why not consider making your screening process as mobile-friendly as possible? Here’s a look at some tools and features that might help you create a positive mobile-first candidate screening experience.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service