Want options? You’ve got options.
Thanks to the Internet, no matter where you live, options abound for pretty much everything. And background screening isn’t a big exception. You’ll find plenty of alternatives when it comes to screeners. So, how do you know which one is right for your company?
Here are a few good questions to help to narrow down your search.
Are they accredited? Accreditation from the Professional Background Screening Association (PBSA, formerly NAPBS) (NAPBS) is one widely recognized way screeners pledge their commitment to compliance and quality. Accreditation shows their “excellence through high professional standards with accountability,” say NAPBS’ leadership. (Want to know what accreditations and certifications ClearStar has? Check us out here.)
How important is compliance? If compliance isn’t at the top of a screener’s to-do list, it could open the door to all sorts of lawsuits as well as federal and state agencies’ fines and orders. In addition to any state and local laws, all background checks must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance.
How high tech are they? Technology does matter. Can you review screening results online or via mobile app? Can your candidate receive some of their paperwork electronically? Initially, tech may seem like just an added bonus. But in the middle of the screening process, a company with up-to-date technology can save time, money, and maybe even some of your sanity.
Can they deliver on-time and comprehensive results? Online background checks offer instant search results, but their information doesn’t always come from the right sources and isn’t always comprehensive. For a typical search, a company with access to the right sources should be able to return results in two to five days.
If you’re looking for a trusted screening partner, consider ClearStar. We have the commitment to excellence and the cutting-edge technology to make screening work for both companies and applicants. Contact us today!