5 Things To Know Before You Do A Background Check

Today, more and more employers perform background checks as a part of their hiring process. These background checks are vital as they allow these businesses to learn about their potential employees’ history, including such things as past employers, criminal records, driving records, just to name a few. In this day and age, employers can’t be too cautious when hiring, as its their responsibility to keep their workplaces safe and their businesses performing. When an employer has all the right information at their fingertips, they are able to make wise, informed decisions about who they do or don’t hire.

When entering the background screening process, its important to keep the following things in mind.

1.Not All Background Check Companies Are Equal

If you are planning on performing background checks on applicants, chances are you will hire a third-party company to do so. If so, be aware that these types of companies vary greatly, both in where they get their information, how they gather it, how they present it to you, and the level of detail they include in their reports. Look for reviews from other employers so you know what to expect. Steer clear of any companies that offer instant or free background checks, as these can often lack in detail, depth, and truthful information. The cost of background checks will vary from company to company, and will also vary depending on the detail.

2.Establish Guidlines And Stay Consistent

Before you can perform background checks on applicants, you should establish guidelines for your checks and stick to them. Having a checklist of the pieces of information you’ll be searching on is very helpful, and will help you get consistent results. You should also plan which third-party screening companies you will use, and use the same types of searches every time. Not only will it help the accuracy of your results, but by staying consistent with everyone, you can avoid any possible lawsuits that allege discrimination.

3.Get Permission

Your background check procedures should always include getting the applicant’s permission before performing a background screening on them. Clearly communicate with them that you will be doing a background check, and review their application with them, asking if there is anything you should know about. When you inform them of the background check process, see how they react. Their reaction will often help communicate what type of background they have. Chances are a background check will not expose any bad information, but you can never be too sure.

4.Identify Patterns

When you get the results from the screening, pay close attention to any issues and look for a pattern instead of one singular event. For example, just because an applicant was pulled over for speeding 3 years ago does not mean they will be a bad employee. Instead look for patterns like 5 speeding tickets in the past 3 years. If someone has many repeat offenses, it may be a signal that the person has trouble obeying rules and sticking to procedure.

5.Follow-Up Width Your Applicants

If a background check pulls up any information that is questionable, it is best to follow up with the potential employee to give them a chance to explain themselves. Unless it is a serious crime, some people may be perfectly capable of being a standout employee even if they have had an issue in the past. If you are still apprehensive after their explanation, they may not be the best fit for your company. If the applicant seems sincere, all you can do is give them a shot. If it does not work out, at least you gave them the benefit of the doubt.


Understanding these things can help you make the most of your time as an employer when performing background checks on applicants, and can help you make well informed decisions to hire the right person for the job.

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I Lost Money On So-Called Background Check Sites

You can’t always believe what companies claim on their sites. There are many reasons why background checks are requested and completed. You need to make sure that you are getting what you pay for and paying for what you think you are receiving! Some online background screening companies are scams, while many others provide legitimate searches but use inferior sources, or leave out key pieces of information from their reports so you’ll spend more.

If there is one thing to remember when looking for a company to do your background checks, let it be this:

Not All Background Check Companies Are Equal

There are too many companies that claim they are supplying you with the information you requested however their search criteria in many cases is extremely limited in scope. When choosing your background check source, look for money-back guarantees, customer reviews, and research the company before you use them. If you have any doubts, CALL the company and make sure you can talk to a real person. If you’re not comfortable with them, chances are you’re not going to be happy using them.

Try Trubackgrounds – 100% Money-Back Guarantee!

Our customers are very satisfied with the exceptional value and services they receive and we are very confident that you will be too. We’re so confident that if for any reason you’re not satisfied with your search, you’ll get a refund. No questions asked. No hassles.

100% Money Back Guarantee

We want you to be 100% completely satisfied with our products and services. If for any reason you are not 100% completely satisfied we will do everything we can to correct or rectify the situation. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with the resolution we will refund the cost of the search in question. Limit (1) refund per account per 100 searches performed, no excuses, no hassles.

Our customers are very satisfied with the exceptional value and services they receive and we are very confident that you will be too.

Not Just Another Search Company

TruBackgrounds.com is more than just another background check company. We pride ourselves in providing the very best searches available online, as our clients can attest to. But we don’t stop there! At Tru Backgrounds, we also provide tips, tools and training on how to make the most of your background searches so that we can provide you with consistent, quality reports.

Resources For Employers

To help you make the most of your searches, and keep your business in compliance with local, state and federal policies regarding background searches, we want to provide you with relevant and up-to-date information and resources.

Fair Credit Reporting Act


Federal Trade Commission Regulations


California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act


Federal Trade Commission Publicationss

using consumer reports: what employers need to know


negative credit can squeeze a job search


notice to users of consumers reports: obligations of users under the FCRA


disposing of consumer report information? a new rule tells how


Counselling For Small Business Owners

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SBA regional office contacts


Service Corps Of Retire Executives (SCORE)

SCORE Association
409 3rd Street, SW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
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Information On Proffessional Background Search Companies

national association of professional background screeners

P.O. Box 3159
Durham, NC 27715
Telephone: (919) 433-0123 or (888) 686-2727
Fax: (919) 383-0035

Articles And Resources Of Interest To Small Business Employers



Other Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Publications Of Interest To Employers

fact sheet 7: workplace monitoring


fact sheet 16: employment background checks: a jobseeker’s guide


fact sheet 16a: employment background checks in california: new focus on accuracy

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