Most SBEs will grow to the point where they’ll be looking for, evaluating, and hiring the most qualified job candidates. It’ll be a new and challenging experience: reviewing job applications and resumes, interviewing, skills and ability testing, drug testing and background screening…
The case for pre-employment, volunteer and tenant screening is clear:
- 30% of all SBE failures are caused by employee theft.
- 2 million violent crimes occur in the workplace annually.
- 34% of all job applications contain inaccuracies about education, experience and skills.
- There are over 500,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S.
…And employers must do their due diligence to avoid any type of liability.
Here are a few suggestions to save time and money, and will help you select the right background-screening company:
- Some companies advertise instant screening report results. This is true for searches such as Criminal or Motor Vehicle Reports—but not all. Reports that include professional and personal references cannot be delivered instantly—those reports all take time to research, usually 2 – 5+ business days.
- Screening companies define “complete background” searches differently. Make sure you ask what’s in these search packages, because you could be paying for information and data you don’t need. Reports vary so make sure you’re comparing the same services among all companies.
- Make sure the company you select is fully compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and all other federal, state and local laws and regulations. Your company could be liable if your screening company doesn’t comply with all statutes.
- Make sure you have a contact person’s name and phone number you can call when you need immediate assistance. Trying to locate a technical support person in some larger companies can take time and can be frustrating.
In the end, you need to look for a company you want to develop a long-term business relationship rather than settle for a screening solution company that doesn’t match your needs.
Clarence Schmidt, CAC, TSC, CSP
Securus Background Checks
12463 Rancho Bernardo Road #164
San Diego, California 92128-2143