What’s wrong with DIY employee screening?

In a way, it’s inspirational.

Watching all those do-it-yourself projects come together in a half-hour show is amazing. It’s enough to inspire a deep love for power tools and a passion for home decorating in just about anyone.

But is DIY a good option for everything? Not when it comes to employee screening.

Typically, employers tackle a DIY screening plan because they think it might be a way to save time or money. But often just the opposite happens. Here’s why.

It’s information overload.

Companies that do their own screening or rely on a random screener they’ve found through a quick Internet search often end up with a problem they may not even know they have – too much information.

Usually it’s easy to find information, but only a reputable background screener, one certified by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), can determine what information is valid or appropriate for the screening.

Compliance gets tricky.

Another bump in the road not always covered by DIY screening plans: compliance. Managing to keep up with all the local, state, and federal compliance rules can be tricky for someone going solo.

But for a professional background screening company, complying with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is part of the services they offer. The FCRA requires the candidates’ consent to conduct the background check “while conducting a much more thorough and complete search than a website that provides instant results,” say experts.

It’s never bad to be self-reliant, but it’s also good to know when to talk to a professional. This is true for background screening, too.

The key is to ask your background screening company what they offer and to make sure their solutions fit your needs. It always helps to have a company like ClearStar that offers a high level of customization in background screening and experience. Want to know more? Call us today!

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