Ninety-six percent of employers conduct at least one type of background check to guide their hiring-related decision, according to the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA). Ninety-four percent of employers incorporate some form of a criminal history check in their screening programs.
Criminal history checks are an essential part of the background screening process for hiring. Employers rely heavily on these background checks to make their hiring decisions. They must be sure that their background screening company can provide background checks that are accurate, timely, and transparent.
In this blog, we highlight the two most important qualities that employers require from their background screening provider.
Accuracy is essential in the background screening industry as employee hiring and retention decisions are frequently based on the results of the background check. If the information isn’t accurate, then it can affect the wellbeing, security, and profitability of a given workplace. Defects, gaps, or errors in a report can be incredibly costly and potentially damaging. It’s imperative that these reports not just be precise most of the time, but every time.
Many steps go into a criminal record history check. Organizations need to trust that their background screening provider has an in-depth quality program that includes:
- Expert research team members
- Data that originates from authoritative sources
- Quality assurance
ETAs that mean something
The biggest challenge that employers have when it comes to background screenings is the length of time it takes to receive the results, according to a PBSA study. It costs the company money, and there’s a risk of losing the right candidate with each day spent with an unfilled position.
Your background screening provider should give you a reasonable, exact turnaround time that is based on real-world experience and data. Researchers can provide reasoning for the timeline to avoid the frustration that comes when employers and applicants are waiting for an unknown or unexplained period.
Because background checks are fundamental for practically every organization, employers need to thoroughly research and vet background screening providers before choosing a valuable partner. How does your provider compare when it comes to quality and turnaround times?
At SELECTiON.COM®, quality is our number one priority. Before our criminal reports are sent to clients, they are sent to our quality assurance team for the final review. Our clients expect that the reports we deliver are accurate and reliable, every time. We do this by logging status updates, which allows the employer to know the applicant’s status at any given time.
Contact us today to see how SELECTiON.COM® can take your employment background check process to the next level.
This article gives a general overview of the legal matters. However, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with all the relevant federal, state, and local laws governing this area. SELECTiON.COM® does not provide legal advice, and we always suggest consulting your own legal counsel for all applicant approval matters.