• What is Background Screening and Why Conduct One?

    What is Background Screening and Why Conduct One? Posted on Friday, April 03, 2015 in Hiring

    What is background screening?

    Background screening, a.k.a., background “checking” or a background check, is the process of researching and consolidating a variety of criminal, commercial, employment, educational, and financial records about an individual. Background screening is often used by employers as part of the decision-making process when hiring an individual, and is also used as part of an ongoing risk mitigation effort by rescreening current employees on a routine basis. 

    Background Direct is powered by First Advantage, the leader in FCRA-compliant employment background checks. We have the strength of 20 plus years of experience providing businesses with useful information that may assist with making informed hiring decisions. Unlike simple “people finder” solutions, we take the guesswork out of employment checks and help your organization tackle complicated regulatory and compliance requirements without the hassle.

    Why should I get a background check on a candidate? What are the benefits of background checks?

    You’ve worked hard to build your business and you need to obtain a comprehensive picture of the person you want to hire. We know you’re looking to establish a great team and we’re here to help by offering easy-to-use background screening that is fast and effective. Conducting a background check may also help lower your risk down the road. For example, let’s say you hired an individual to work in your accounting department, but chose not to conduct a background check. After several months, you notice your company funds and numbers just don’t seem to add up. After an investigation, you realize this employee has been stealing from your business and you terminate the individual. By conducting a background check pre-hire, you could have uncovered that this individual was recently convicted of embezzlement. Knowing this fact before might have led to a different hiring decision which could have saved time, costs and a lot of headaches.

    How much does it cost to run a search on a candidate?

    With Background Direct, you pay as you go for the reports you choose to order. You can select one of our packaged solutions with individual add-on reports that can be included with any package. Specific pricing is available once you complete your account application, or you can contact a representative at 1.877.433.9779.

    Click here to see the price estimator for an overview on our pricing options.

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