Entry #3: 4 Ways Pre-Employee Screening Saves

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.

Best Wishes,
Clarence Schmidt, CAC, TSC, CSP
Securus Background Checks
12463 Rancho Bernardo Road #164
San Diego, California 92128-2143
Tel: 858-592-4191
Fax: 858-592-0924


About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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