Considering “Do-It-Yourself” Online Background Checks?

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As businesses become comfortable using the Internet to handle a variety of support functions, a surprising number and diverse sorts of “Do-It-Yourself” services have become available, including “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) online background checks.

While seemingly simple and affordable, such services present potential risks that could pose a threat to a businesses’ brand.

Here’s a brief list of considerations that could serve as a litmus test as to whether a DIY background check service or a more-conventional Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) is the best choice for you.

Could a Job Candidate with a Criminal Record Turn out to Be Your Best Employee?

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What if you found that hiring a former felon could be a good thing for your company?

Or that it could even turn out to a great thing, with such a person actually outperforming other employees with “clean” records?

In light of a recent study from Harvard and Amherst universities indicating that doing so may actually be a wise decision for a number of reasons, it’s a notion worth deliberation.

The Basics of Background Checks in the United States [Infographic]

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Most employers conduct some sort of background check before hiring a new employee. It shouldn’t be a surprise to prospective employees, but sometimes it is if they’ve never been through a verification before. For some candidates, this can be a daunting stage of the job seeking process and they may have a lot of questions.

To help answer some basic questions and ease candidates’ minds, we’ve put together this infographic as a tool for you to share with them.

How to Find the Right Background Screening Vendor: 10 Questions to Ask

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So you’ve determined that you should be conducting background checks, but getting started can be a daunting process.

An Internet search for screening vendors can turn up dozens upon dozens of possible providers – how do you pick just one?

Your most important goal is to engage a vendor that meets your organization’s specific needs.

Here are some things to consider and questions to ask of potential vendors.