Signs of an Effective Background Check Company

If you are searching for a streamlined, secure, and accurate way to verify your applicants or are wondering what might be missing from your existing background check methods, look no further! Here is everything you need to know, including details and common screening issues that are often overlooked by employers in the hiring process, and the signs of an effective background check company to focus on moving forward.

Common Background Check Pitfalls

Are you conducting a thorough check or just using a single database that unknowingly has gaps in its records? Or worse, are you relying on information gleaned from an applicant’s social media accounts and hoping for the best? Going it alone, it’s impossible to know for sure that you are turning over every stone to make truly informed hiring decisions and avoid common pitfalls (or potential legal consequences)!

For example, are you screening part-time employees and freelancers? Are you familiar with the Ban the Box laws? Are you asking for written consent before conducting background checks? Do you know that federal criminal records are found in a different court system than felonies and misdemeanors? Do you know that criminal records are matched on the applicant’s full name (including middle), date of birth, and address instead of their SSN?

This is just the tip of the iceberg. A reliable company should fully understand compliance laws and the complexity of conducting background checks, and they should have a wide network of resources available to develop and complete a comprehensive report that provides the whole picture without wasting valuable time or resources.

Signs of an Effective Background Check Company

Employers must exercise due diligence when selecting a background check company to partner with. Thoroughly vetting providers, scrutinizing their methodologies and quality assurance processes, and seeking recommendations from trusted sources can help mitigate the risk of inaccuracies in background check results. Positive signs to look for include:

  • Quality Control: When it comes to background checks, rigorous quality control measures should include re-verification of data found in a database, reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot.
  • Legal Compliance: An effective background check company knows that adherence to the FCRA ensures transparency and “maximum possible accuracy,” including 613 letters, handling the Adverse Action process, and more.
  • Prioritizing Accuracy Over Speed: In an industry driven by productivity and volume, some companies prioritize speed over accuracy, leading to errors in data collection, verification, and reporting. A thorough background check may take more time but is more reliable.
  • Choice of Services: An effective background check company will have the ability to conduct different screening services and provide options based on the needs of the employer and open position. After all, a background check is a compilation of many sources of data, not just one search.
  • Technology: Technology that saves time, increases security, and ensures accuracy can include integration with HRIS systems and online applications, masking personally identifiable information (PII), applicant drug testing site selection and electronic chain of custody, and more.

34 Years of Protecting Employers

The security and efficiency of any well-run organization depends on a reliable workforce. Therefore, the company that you trust for your employee background checks must be equally reliable, to ensure you are making informed decisions and mitigating risks in the hiring process. VerifyProtect has been a leading provider of employment screening services for over three decades, and we help companies, both small and large, hire great talent. Don’t leave your business vulnerable. Click here to request a quote, with packages and pricing based on your unique needs.


VerifyProtect delivers first-class Employee Background Screening services nationwide. We save you time with fast, personal service and unquestionable results, utilizing advanced technology, and reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot. Our experts will ensure that your background check program integrates seamlessly and affordably into your hiring process. Visit WWW.VERIFYPROTECT.COM today to learn more!

Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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