4 “Must-Haves” of a Comprehensive Background Check

When it comes to protecting your organization from internal and external liability, it’s never an option to do the bare minimum. Running a comprehensive background check on your potential hires is essential to ensuring the longevity of your business.

What Does a Comprehensive Background Check Include?

In order to qualify as “comprehensive,” a background check must leave no stone unturned. Corners must never be cut. Comprehensive background checks take time, persistence, and innovation, and include these four crucial component verifications:

  1. Employment Verification and History
  2. Supervisor Reference
  3. Education Verification and Credentials
  4. Professional Licensing

Employment Verification and History

Dates of employment, position, and salary claims are verified. Reasons for leaving are established or confirmed and recommendations are acquired where applicable. This type of verification typically takes between 1 and 3 days.

Supervisor Reference

Past or current supervisors are interviewed to attain information on attendance, performance, and your previously specified criteria. Completion time is 1 to 3 days.

Education Verification and Credentials

Statistically, education credentials are among the most falsified (1/3 of all applicants will falsify this information). Luckily, there’s a process for verifying these claims too. Verifiers must contact the indicated registrar’s office and confirm dates of attendance, disciplines studied, and degrees obtained. This too takes about 1 to 3 days.

Professional Licenses

Governing bodies are contacted and the issuance of applicable state or federal licenses are confirmed. Completion time: 1 to 3 days.

It’s important to note that these four verifications are conducted simultaneously, so that all together, a comprehensive background check containing all four critical pieces should take between 1 to 3 days to complete. With this type of turnaround, you can make hiring decisions as efficiently as possible.

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