Whether you already have a background check provider or not, you might have some unanswered questions. Here are some questions you may want to ask your background check provider.

Can I rely on only a criminal database search?
It is not recommended to rely solely on the results of a nationwide criminal database search. Nationwide criminal databases contains information from both state and county records. This information is updated anywhere from every week to every year. Sometimes a state search will not pick up on a certain county record, or vice versa. Records obtained from a nationwide criminal database search should be reviewed and verified by the county courthouse where the source originated.

What types of background checks should I be doing?
The types of background checks that are available and seen as routine are constantly changing. There are many factors that determine what types of background checks your company should be using. If your screening program has not been reviewed for some time, it might be time to reevaluate the needs of your company. Your program should reflect the standards of your industry. These things can be discussed with a background screening company to determine what services are best-suited for your company’s needs.

How do I stay compliant?
There are numerous regulatory agencies, state and local governments, and consumer rights advocate groups whose interests are in ensuring the accuracy of these processes. A background screening provider can assist you in ensuring you stay compliant. They can look at your current process, or assist in creating a new one that falls within the proper regulations. This is a simple step that can prevent negative impacts on your brand and costly lawsuits.

What should I do if I find a criminal record?
The first step is for your background screening company to verify the identity of the candidate to ensure the record belongs to the person you were searching for. Do not make assumptions; just because a criminal case was filed, does not mean the person was convicted. Check the charge’s disposition to verify whether the person was convicted or not. If the record was found through a criminal database search, your background screening company will follow up with the county courthouse to ensure the accuracy of the results.

Is background screening expensive?
With all of the costs that can result from not screening, the cost of performing one is minimal. Armor Background Screeners offers affordable, comprehensive screening services that minimize the risk of negligent hiring lawsuits, employee turnover, and hiring underqualified employees.

At Armor Background Screeners, our goal is to help you hire people you can trust. And, while it is impossible to prevent every tragedy, we make every effort to help you hire employees you can trust that will represent your company with honesty and integrity.