Easy, accurate, compliant, $7.99, $19.99, $49.99 – you’ve seen it all when searching for a company to run your background checks. It makes sense that the more you pay the more you get. But…
What do you really need to know when running background checks?
If you pay for a higher cost report, does that guarantee that you’re receiving all of the information you need? Isn’t all information connected to a person’s name, date of birth, and social security number anyway? The short answer is yes – and no.
There are varying degrees of answers to the question; what information do you need to receive on your background checks? All of which depend entirely upon what you need from the people you are running background checks on. For example, you most likely do not need to know the financial habits, or credit history, of an entry-level employee who is responsible for answering your phones. You would, however, want to run financial background checks on entry-level employees who manage your files if they contain sensitive financial information.
As hiring managers, we consider these types of prerequisites when we are dealing with the obvious. Like running financial background checks when hiring a bank manager. Obvious, right? There are also times when the equally obvious is missed by a long-shot. Who did not hear about the high school journalists who uncovered their principal’s basket of unlaundered past?
What they found was a resume of false claims; including a master’s degree from a university that had been closed for more than three decades. How did the student’s find this information when the school board’s hiring and background checks system failed? They knew what they were looking for.
Our proprietary software, Emerge, has streamlined the background checks process into a completely user-friendly experience. We always want to make sure though that you know the difference between the types of background checks that are available and which one is best for your needs.
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of background checks that you can run and what information they will provide:
National Criminal Report
By far the most well-known and used database for running background checks. This nationwide criminal and sex offender search includes queries on more than 500 million court records, the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Foreign Asset Control, also known as the Federal Terrorist Watch List.
The most important thing to consider when relying on the National Criminal Report is that not all states require that crimes be reported to the NCR. It is important to confirm with the person running your background checks that you will get the information you need from an inquiry to the National Criminal Report.
Social Security Number & Address History Traces
This search will validate a person’s social security number, death index lookup, name and address history, and phone numbers. Running this type of search can confirm that the information you have is complete. For example, if an applicant did not disclose that they have lived in a different state, this report will find that information. Not disclosing residence in a different state is a common way that people are able to avoid disclosing an unfavorable past.
National Sex Offender Registry
A complete Sex Offender Registry search of all fifty states.
Terrorist Watch List
This report is compiled from various domestic and international agencies.
County Criminal Report
You can search a specific county for felonies and misdemeanors going back a minimum of seven years. We recommend that you conduct county searches if the people you are running background checks on have ever lived in Alabama, California, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
State Criminal Report
This report will yield information, including felonies and misdemeanors, for all counties in a particular state.
Federal Criminal Report
Conducts a comprehensive check for criminal records in the federal criminal court databases.
7 Year County, State, and Federal Criminal Reports
Each report will include background checks on the entire jurisdiction (County, State, or Federal) for the last seven years.
CDLIS and Motor Vehicle Reports
We can instantly access the databases of the department of motor vehicles in all fifty states, as well as the Commercial Driver’s License Information System, to perform background checks on violations, points, status, etcetera.
Includes dates of attendance, degree, major of program, and graduation date if applicable.
When conducting these background checks we verify the dates of employment, last position held, and whether or not the person is eligible for rehire.
Verifies pertinent licenses and certifications, license status, expiration dates, and more.
This is a state repository check for any worker’s compensation claims made.
Employment Credit Report
This is a scoreless credit report specifically designed for employment considerations.
What types of background checks are you running on your applicants? Feel free to give our team a call to assess your current background checks screening process. All of our Account Managers are well-versed on The FCRA and know how to keep you compliant.
For further reading: MOST MISUNDERSTOOD FACTS ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS – BACKGROUND CHECK COMPANIES