Background Screening Blog

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

Screening Seasonal Hires: 5 Questions to Help You Prepare

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 18, 2022 3:41:04 PM
Summer is a time for backyard barbecues, going to the beach, and spending time with friends. For many companies, it's also the time for hiring seasonal employees. From amusement parks to resorts, camps to construction companies - the seasonal hiring push begins in earnest as the weather turns warm. For HR professionals, that also means ordering and reviewing background checks for those hires. And potentially a lot of them in a short amount of time. Now may be a good time to evaluate and align background checks with company goals before the hiring wave hits. Here are five questions to help prepare for screening seasonal employees.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Bulk Background Checks

Criminal History Searches 101: Understanding Your Options

Posted by Verified Credentials on Apr 14, 2022 1:28:13 PM
Criminal history searches have long been among the most popular types of background checks. Based on Verified Credentials’ internal research of its clients’ order history, 94% of all organizations include criminal searches in their employment screening activities. But how do those employers know what criminal history search to get?
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, National Criminal Database Search, Federal Criminal History Search, County Criminal History Search, Statewide Criminal History Search

Benefits of Social Media Screening

Posted by Verified Credentials on Mar 24, 2022 8:38:37 AM
You can learn a lot from social media. Some of it you may not want to know. Like how your uncle’s podiatrist appointment went or what an old coworker thinks of the latest Star Wars movie. Employers can also learn a lot about job candidates from social media. But once you learn something, you can’t unlearn it — and that can potentially create serious issues. Thankfully, there could be a way to extract value from social media and protect your organization. That’s where the social media screening solution from Verified Credentials can help employers. Here’s a look at how these types of solutions work and how they can help your organization meet its hiring goals.
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Topics: social media screening

Announcing: Prime Background Screening Integration with iCIMS

Posted by Verified Credentials on Feb 1, 2022 9:00:00 AM
Many organizations choose to integrate their background checks with applicant tracking systems (ATS) to increase efficiency for HR processes. That’s why Verified Credentials connects with leading technology partners, including iCIMS, which just became easier. It is one more way we put our clients first, providing high-efficiency, simplified background screening solutions.
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Topics: ATS Integration

Measuring Up! 5 Questions About Background Checks Answered by Administrative Reports

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 17, 2021 12:45:00 PM
One reason you might use background checks is to validate data. Data to determine a candidate’s potential fit. Or data to learn if they have the experience you need. The reality is, even if you don’t feel like your HR job involves data analysis, it very well could. In fact, your background check program itself could offer the potential for data analysis.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Administrative Reports

Estimated Delivery Dates for Background Checks Could Help Keep You Informed

Posted by Verified Credentials on Dec 8, 2021 4:04:11 PM
When planning for onboarding new team members, it could be important to set expectations and keep everyone on the same page. Verified Credentials developed a tool to help HR teams be more prepared than ever –estimated delivery dates. This new addition to Verified Credentials Employee® predicts a range of dates when a candidate’s background check is most likely to be complete. Let’s look at some of the top benefits of estimated delivery dates for background checks.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service

3 Trends that Could Impact 2022 HR Planning

Posted by Verified Credentials on Nov 18, 2021 12:25:59 PM
The new year is right around the corner. For many, that means 2022 HR planning is in full swing. HR professionals faced many unique challenges in 2021. You might expect some of those to continue as the calendar changes over. Luckily, that foresight gives you the chance to prepare. To help make 2022 HR planning a success, let’s look at three HR trends expected to continue. Planning now could help keep your organization ahead of the curve.
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Topics: ATS Integration, Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks, Candidate Self-Service, Background Check Scope, Administrative Reports