The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) surveyed Human Resources professionals throughout the country to learn about their background screening practices and preferences.
According to the survey, public safety is the number one reason employers order background checks on their applicants. HR professionals agreed that the ability to see if a job seeker has a violent
or otherwise serious criminal history empowers them to create a safer workplace. They also reported that annual screenings help maintain a higher level of safety by showing them if an employee
incurs a new conviction of which they should be aware.
Other Common Reasons For Running Background Checks
Nearly 90% of the people who took the NAPBS survey listed safety as their primary reason for running background checks. Other key motivators included:
Improving the quality of hires. Background checks provide a variety of important details that help employers determine whether or not a candidate is properly qualified for a position.
Meeting Industry Requirements. Many industries require background checks for some or all positions. Not running them could cause your business to be out of compliance with these mandatory
Protecting Brand Reputation. It happens far too often. A well-known corporation hires someone with a criminal history that is so serious it damages their reputation with consumers. Human
Resources professionals commonly run background checks to help avoid these embarrassing incidents.
The Most Essential Aspect Of Background Checks
A whopping 98% of respondents said accuracy is the most important element in a background check. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we obtain records directly from county courthouses; contact
former employers, colleagues and educational facilities ourselves; and put every report through a comprehensive quality control process. Our team is dedicated to providing reportable data
that is current, complete and accurate.
Most Requested Background Check Components
According to the survey, criminal searches are the most commonly requested component in every background check. Around 89% of the survey respondents said they run county and state criminal searches
on every applicant. 84% added a national criminal search to find out if someone has a conviction in a city or state where the person did not reside. Many professional also included Sex Offender
Registry searches to help identify potential predators.
Background checks are an essential part of the hiring process – but when should they be run?
Some states require employers to conduct an initial interview or extend a conditional offer before initiating a background screening.
This is something we recommend and it has become a best practice for every employer.
We were pleased to see that most of the survey respondents conduct interviews and then run background checks as part of their hiring and onboarding policy.
Your Screening Policies
How do your screening practices compare to the results of this NAPBS survey? Are you performing due diligence by running comprehensive background checks that help you create a safe work environment,
find qualified candidates and protect your business?
If you have questions about your current background screening policies or need help putting together custom background check packages for positions in your industry, please contact us. Our entire background screening team is highly educated, certified
by the FCRA and ready to help boost your hiring efforts so your business can thrive.