This month we are trying something new: a recap of the top three news stories that include an aspect related to background checks. Generally background checks aren’t something that people assume would be front page news but hopefully, we can convince you that they are more prevalent than commonly thought. The three news stories that…

The Study Last month, Glassdoor released a study about the average length of the interview process in 25 countries. The study analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of online reviews posted anonymously to the Glassdoor website. Industry wide studies, like this one, are important to benchmark against to help improve your processes and your candidate…

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Disposal Rule loosely outlines what needs to happen to any consumer report that your company gains access to, and the sensitive information derived from those reports. What is a Consumer Report? Consumer reports are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and consist of any information that you get…

If you’ve ever gotten a job or hired an employee in the United States you’ve filled out an I-9 form. The form is used to verify a new hire’s identification and their right to work in the States. All U.S. employers must complete (including document verification) and store an I-9 form for every single individual…

The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which outlines what you must do when requesting a background check for pre-employment. To start, before you request the background check, you must tell the applicant and get permission from them. These 2 things must happen using documents that contain no “extraneous” information and…

There is a plethora of companies in today’s background screening industry. A quick Google search of the term “ professional background check company ” generates over 7 million hits! These results range from honest reliable companies to others that will charge anywhere from $20-$50 dollars for an “instant national criminal search”. Their claim is that…

A dictionary definition of ‘streamlining’ is to: “make (an organization or system) more efficient and effective by employing faster or simpler working methods.” Since our expertise only falls within the screening and candidate assessment step of the recruitment process, we did a bit of extra research for advice on the rest of the process. Turns…

From what we’ve seen, almost all of our customers have been there: halfway through the interview process and already cautiously optimistic that they may have found their purple squirrel. Then they get to the “Pre-Employment Background Check” step. It’s always tempting to cut corners, especially with the continued pressure from management to cut costs. But DIY…

One of the most common questions we hear when it comes to international background checks is “how long do they take.” Companies considering international candidates are no less eager to bring them aboard than locals, and anything that slows you down the finalization can be a major stumbling block. While we know this is the…

In 2015, an estimated 2.7 million people were evicted in the US. That’s a mind-boggling number, and with the upward trend in evictions, that’s likely to have grown in the two years since. The largest factor driving this eviction trend is the rising cost of rent, while salaries and wages have simultaneously stagnated, and the…

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