Ensuring Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks

Ensuring Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks

When you are conducting background checks on prospective employees, one of the most important steps you should take is to ensure that they are as accurate as they can possibly be.

When you are conducting background checks on prospective employees, one of the most important steps you should take is to ensure that they are as accurate as they can possibly be. You as an employer want to be sure you have the truth and your applicants don’t want to miss out on a job opportunity because of misinformation. FCRA guidelines state that employers have to give applicants a proper chance to dispute information found in their background checks, so ensuring accuracy can also avoid possible legal action.

Checking Online

One way that you can go is to perform background checks yourself online. These public record searches are typically inexpensive and come back quickly. While online background checks can potentially reveal some solid information about your applicants, they are also notoriously inaccurate. Also, since they only have access to what is in the public record, it can be difficult to verify the information found in these reports.

Verifiable Results

Unfortunately, there is no one single nationwide criminal record database. Any database you can find online is merely a compilation of several databases, and none of them are going to include everything. Such databases can quickly and easily become outdated as sometimes just isn’t reported. There are some areas that don’t even require their courts to report data outside of their county.

You can always do a fingerprint search, which will search to see if the person is in the FBI’s database. If they are there, it doesn’t automatically mean they have a criminal history. There are many other reasons for the FBI to have someone’s fingerprints on file. Unfortunately, you also run into the problem of jurisdictions not reporting everything here too.

Your best bet is going to be to partner with a reputable company to perform your employee background checks. The company will contact courthouses directly to make sure reported information is correct. Your background check company will work closely with you throughout the whole process to ensure maximum accuracy and efficiency, which in turn will ensure you have the best possible applicants working for you.

BACKGROUND SCREENINGS TO GIVE YOU THE BEST APPLICANTS

AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services is ready to provide you with quality tenant screening for all of your properties, including driving record screening, criminal records searching, drug testing, identity verification, and even screening personal and professional references. We have over 20 years of experience in our field and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, incomparable accuracy, and quick reporting. For more information on our services, contact P.J. Davis at pjdavis@air-prehire.com, call 410-654-5665, or visit our website at http://www.air-prehire.com/. For more hiring tips and articles like this, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Google+.

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