EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECKS
Employers Most Frequent Questions About Employment Screening And Employment Background Checks
The benefits of making sure you are not placing people in positions of trust or in situations where they might harm fellow employees or customers is a given.
Here are the most common questions we receive.
1. Who should I screen?
A. In order to avoid discriminatory practices, all candidates applying for the same position should undergo the exact same screening process and background check.
For example, you can not screen some salespeople and not others.
2. What kinds of employment screening background checks should I use.
A. Like most things you get what you pay for.
A quality background check is really the only one to consider. Many people say it is worse to screen candidates with a cheap database search than not to run a background check at all.
A database search is likely too miss 30 to 50 percent of all criminal records.
Yet, companies that use them may have the false sense of security that they have done a criminal record background check and rely on that faulty information when it comes to placing trust in employees.
3. What defines a quality criminal records background check?
A. First, it must contain and be based on a social security address history record.
There is simply no other effective way to know where to look for possible criminal records on an individual.
For years, employers had to rely on the address history provided by an applicant with the obvious flaw of an applicant simply not listing states or counties where he may have acquired a criminal record.
The social security address history trace tells the employment screening services provider where to look for possible records.
Our criminal records “Smart Search®” provides a comprehensive criminal records national search, a check of the sex offender registry in all 50 states and any needed county criminal records checks.
Our criminal records “Smart Search Plus®” checks all of these records and also checks the Federal criminal records repositories in states where the applicant may have lived for the past 7 years.
4. It seems like in the age of automation there should simply be a comprehensive database where all criminal records could be accessed without having to go through individual states and counties criminal records repositories?
A. Many people are surprised to learn that here is no such criminal record database. For a complete explanation of criminal record databases, please click on this page in our web site:
Criminal Record Databases Explained
FBI criminal record databases.
Perhaps even more surprising to many people is that the FBI criminal records database contains only about 50 to 55 percent of all available criminal records.
This fact is reported as of 2013 their own web site.
If the FBI’S criminal records database is this incomplete, one can only imagine doubtful results to be obtained from a commercial database search that may not have been updated or improved in several years. For more information on FBI criminal record databases Click Here
5. How long does an employment screening background check take?
Considering the complexity of the many inquiries that are required, they are actually returned quite quickly in most cases.
Usually, you can expect results on the same day to next day. It may take longer when county courthouses are closed for holidays, vacations or are short staffed.