Where To Get A Background Check For Employment

  •  05/08/2018
  • By Andrea Collatz
  •  Criminal Background

Wondering Where to Get a Background Check for Employment?

If you’ve decided to conduct background checks on your potential employees, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Your business is everything to you, and making the right hire is critical to maintaining its success—but where to start?

For those wondering where to get a background check, we’re here to help. We’ve broken down the pros and cons of various options; use this guide to make an informed decision on your applicant and put your company on the path toward success.

Free Online Searches

Pros: It’s easy to understand why 70 percent of employers turn to the internet to scope out an applicant’s background: the search is free and the results are instantaneous. Given the prevalence of social media, digging up some information about a potential employee with an online search is usually simple.

using social media for employment background checks is relatively easy, but unreliable to make a hiring decision 

Cons: Unfortunately, the fastest route isn’t always best. A candidate’s online information might be outdated, incomplete, or altogether falsified. For example, you can’t trust the accuracy of a job title listed on the Facebook page you found—or if your results even match your candidate. And small businesses risk relying on information that is not accurate or that cannot be used in making a hiring decision.

 background searches from local courts 

Local Courts

Pros: Employers might head to their County Court to obtain public records on their potential employee. Employers can fill out the paperwork themselves, making this a relatively inexpensive option for background checks.

Cons: When acquiring a background report from a county or municipal court, the information located in these courts is limited to records within that jurisdiction. Searching for John Smith in County A might not yield any results despite potential records existing in County B. And local courts only return records; you may not know whether the record actually matches your candidate.

traditional third party checks can be expensive 

Traditional Third-Party Background Check Services

Pros: To mitigate risk, some employers rely on traditional third-party companies that offer background check services. These third-party companies often offer a wide variety of screening reports, as well as volume-based pricing which can be attractive to large companies with frequent screening needs.

Cons: Many third-party screening services require a large amount of time to complete their checks, meaning you could risk losing the candidate you’re screening. In addition to time constraints, be sure to set aside an ample portion of your budget, as the volume-based pricing structures of many of these services can be expensive. For a small business, these types of companies often offer more information than needed and for a higher cost, often making them an inefficient way to screen.  Additionally, many of these businesses require customers to undergo a lengthy membership process, including an on-site inspection and paying applicable fees.

Online Screening Solutions like ShareAble for Hires

The above screening solutions are riddled with disadvantages, especially for small business who may not have a lot of time or money to spend on screening. But employment screening doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming.

ShareAble for Hires introduces an entirely new way for small businesses to think about pre employment background checks. Our simple pay-per-use pricing and easy-to-use platform makes obtaining background checks stress-free. We offer the following within our background screening:

  • Identity verification. Before releasing an applicant’s report, we make sure the applicant passes an identity verification process.
  • Employment credit reports. ShareAble for Hires offers immediate access to screening without a lengthy approval process or on-site inspection, because the applicant authorizes you to receive the report. Credit reports are delivered within minutes and pull from TransUnion’s database of 230M+ consumers.
  • Access to a thorough online criminal background check, including:
    • Instant criminal data in 46 states*
    • Results from crucial federal databases:
      • FBI’s Most Wanted
      • National Sex Offender Public Registry
      • S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
      • S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

    Additionally, the pre employment screening process is simple, with:

    • Credit and criminal reports delivered in minutes
    • Immediate access to screening with no lengthy enrollment process or paperwork
    • Self-service screening all online – create your account and begin screening right away

    *Instant criminal results not available for Delaware, Massachusetts, South Dakota and Wyoming

    Combined with your own independent education and employment verification efforts, ShareAble for Hires employee background screening can give you the confidence you need to move forward with a job candidate.

Senior Marketing Analyst, TransUnion ShareAble

Andrea Collatz

She focuses on topics that empower small business owners through data, insights and industry best practices.