Background Screening Blog

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

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

Consistency Builds Trust in the Background Screening Process

Posted by Verified Credentials on Jun 23, 2021 4:19:47 PM
They say consistency builds trust. When it comes to background checks, the information you verify and how it is evaluated might even help mitigate risk too. An inconsistent approach to background checks could result in poor hires and could even leave employers open to potential negligent hiring lawsuits. Just think, if you know what to screen, but the rest of your team doesn’t know what to look for when hiring. The way different hiring managers look at hiring criteria could result in casual yet costly mistakes. We are going to look at three practices that could potentially help build consistency into background screening.
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Topics: Report Scoring, Employment Background Checks, Background Check Packages

2021 Background Check Trends: The Latest Industry Developments

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 18, 2021 3:47:08 PM
As an HR leader you want to stay in touch with any industry developments. We get asked about how other employers screen all the time. That’s why Verified Credentials published the 2021 In-Depth Screening Guide: Trends Report. Our annual guide to all the latest trends in background screening based on our own exclusive 2020 data. Despite the past year’s challenges, the data shows stability in how companies use background checks to access candidate information. But there are some new developments. From criminal background checks to international searches. New data can offer unique insights for those who want to stay ahead of the curve. Here’s a look at some of the 2021 background check trends for HR professionals.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks

Help Protect Your Business with a Government Watch List Search

Posted by Verified Credentials on May 3, 2021 8:11:41 AM
A government watch list search can help you identify candidates that may be barred from doing business with or in the United States. Specifically, this type of screening could be used to protect companies from doing business with certain sanctioned or barred candidates. It could also help companies avoid potential legal issues.
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Topics: Employment Background Checks, Government Watch List

What the Pros Say: HR.com & Verified Credentials Publish Future of HR Function Report

Posted by Verified Credentials on Apr 22, 2021 11:48:05 AM
2020 sure sent some of us scrambling. But HR leaders adapted quickly to shifting workforce and business needs. Many have still not returned to the way work was before the pandemic. More and more, we hear that they may never return to work in the same way as years before. HR teams are moving forward with a renewed look at the roles they have. The HR Research Institute surveyed HR professionals about their current priorities and concerns and what they anticipate for the future. In partnership with Verified Credentials, HR.com published the survey findings in The Future of the HR Function 2021 report. The data collected highlighted trends in: Where HR fits within the organization High-use skills & skill gaps Critical functions for the future
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Topics: Employment Background Checks