That’s the big problem – you can’t be sure what is missing from an instant background check. You may be shocked to hear that the stale nationwide databases that are utilized for instant checks do not include information for entire states and many counties .
The check provided is often based off data that is 120 or 365 days old . Results are also often missing any number of felony charges, misdemeanors, or other information that would make a potential employee a risk to your organization. What’s more, since nationwide databases are run instantly, they are never validated at the county or state level.
These databases match to personal information, so without this validation piece, results can inadvertently pull from the records of someone with a similar name and date of birth, meaning that the information you see might not even pertain to the individual in question!
HR managers that use outdated, inaccurate, or incomplete instant background checks risk losing potentially great employees by incorrectly screening them out of the recruitment process, or even worse, risk letting a potentially dangerous individual into the organization.
The choice to use instant nationwide databases in order to save a few dollars can result in a poor pre-employment screening program, a damaged reputation and even legal action.
Finding the right screening process for your organization is simple: ask the tough questions when evaluating potential screening partners:
• Why do my results come back so quickly?
• What jurisdictions does the database cover in my region, county and state?
• What sources are actually being used?
• Is this provider accredited?
If a process is too simple,
too fast, or “too good to be true,” it probably is.
Strictly speaking, stale nationwide database searches do little to ensure compliance and limit liability. Invest in a program from a reputable provider.