Tips for Conducting Federal and Local Background Checks

Tips for Conducting Federal and Local Background Checks

There are a few general guidelines that can help you ensure your background checks are as thorough as possible.

Unfortunately, there is no one universal database that stores all of everyone’s background profiles. There is also no standardized list of all the things that businesses should look for when conducting background checks. There are just too many variables with regards to industry, position, level of security, and so on. That being said, there are a few general guidelines that can help you ensure your background checks are as thorough as possible.

Consider the Actual Job

An applicant that is applying for some sort of executive position would, quite logically, require a far more extensive background check than someone working as a file clerk. Other considerations for the depth of background checks include:

  • The level of the position
  • The applicant’s level of access to company and customer information
  • Safety and security effects
  • Will the applicant be handling money?

Your Timeline

Depending on what you are searching for and where you are looking, there can be quite a bit of variation in the amount of time background checks take. Having a reliable background check provider can help immensely. In some cases, your provider might even be able to find alternate databases to access information. Let AIR Pre-Employment Services help you ensure your business’s background checks are done thoroughly and in a timely fashion!

Be Consistent

If you’re hiring many people to fill the same position, such as customer service representatives, at once, you should perform the same background checks for all of them. You don’t want to do a basic check on one applicant but pull out all the stops with another.  This way, you will be looking at the same information about each individual applicant and makes the hiring process fairer. It also helps to protect you and your business from potential discrimination claims and legal action.


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