Performing rigorous background checks is an essential part of the hiring process. These checks are used to verify all the information on a potential employee’s resume. They can also give you valuable insights into the person’s history that they may have not included in their application. Additionally, while background checks come with a minor initial cost, they can end up saving your company from potential problems later on. You may also avoid having to going through the hiring process a second time.
There are numerous background check providers to chose from. Before you select which one you want to work with, consider the following key points to look for:
1. Customizable Check and Configurability
Every business is different, so one of the most important attributes in background checking software is how easily it can be configured to work for you. Look for software that you can use on a trial basis so that you have enough time to see if it’s a good fit for your business. Check what sorts of reports it creates to be sure that it’s providing enough of the right type of information for you to be able to make a clear and concise assessment of a candidate. Also, make sure that the software is easy to use or reconfigure if your search criteria ends up changing later on.
2. Compatibility with Existing Software
If your business is already using database software like an applicant tracking system, or your HR department has its own software in place, make sure that the new background tracking service will run well with this. Work with your company’s IT department before choosing your software. This will ensure that the process will have minimum errors and work efficiently and quickly.
3. User Experience
Your business will want to use a background checking software package that is designed for ease of use and will produce results that are clear and quickly interpreted. This will give your recruiters and hiring managers a valuable edge over the competition in quickly determining which candidate is the right fit for the job.
4. Customer Service Standards and Professional Accreditation
Spend a little extra time researching which background check companies have the best reputation in the business. You will be working very closely with this company, so you want to make sure that they have the highest standards in customers service and support. Ask them to clarify how their troubleshooting and support system works and how exactly they will help you in the event of a problem. Be sure that the provider is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and meets ISO 9001:2008 quality standards.
5. Rapid Turnaround
The most important part of a background check is a quick turnaround. Job openings typically receive numerous applications and candidates themselves often apply to more than one job within the same time period. If your background check takes too long to complete, you may lose a potentially excellent employee to one of your competitors.
Another way to expedite the hiring process is to work with a company that has already pre-screened potential employees. Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions is a human resource and staffing agency that provides a variety of services that are essential for growing businesses. In addition to providing temporary staff to fill a job opening until a permanent recruit can be hired, Ad-VANCE also offers its own background checking service. To find out more, call 941-739-8883 or fill out a short website contact form.