If you own a business, large or small, you should be aware of how important it is to conduct employment screens. In today’s business environment advanced background checks are not only a good idea, they’re often required by law in many industries.
Have you ever worried about employment screening bogging down your hiring process? Maybe you’ve even found yourself asking “How long does a background check take?” A uniform answer to this question can be elusive because the amount of investigation required will vary from case to case. To try and answer this question thoroughly we’ll discuss the obstacles and processes involved in 5 of the most common types of advanced background checks.
Pre Employment Drug Test
A urinalysis test is most common but there are several other types that can be used to screen for any illegal substances. On average it will take between 24 and 48 hours for one of these samples to be tested and the result returned to the employer. If it comes back negative, the process ends there but positive results are more complicated. In this case, additional pre employment drug tests may be required for confirmation so you should expect a longer turnaround time.
Criminal Records Search
Results from criminal conviction checks are highly dependent on geography. Different states have all kinds of different requirements and obstacles that can slow down a criminal records search. In most cases it should still take only 1 to 2 business days if all goes smoothly. Expect a much longer delay for any international records searches though. These have even more red tape and can take up to a month to get results. You should expect delays and plan accordingly with any potential international hires.
For any highly technical positions it’s imperative to be able to verify a candidate’s credentials. Education verification can help you sift out a lot of unqualified applicants during the employment screening process. Luckily this quick and easy check only requires contacting a university administrator to get all the details. You should bear in mind that obtaining this information is dependent on university availability. It may take more time than expected during holidays and breaks when campuses may be shutdown or short on staff.
E-Verify and Employment Verification
The E-verify system is a government platform used to determine if an individual is legally able to work in the United States. An E-verify check can be done almost instantly with a simple database search. However, you should be wary as the results aren’t 100 percent accurate. It is a good idea to conduct a more thorough employment verification as well to keep your company safe during the hiring process. This may take a little longer as your background screening company digs deeper and contacts past employers but the added security is well worth your time.
A lot of background screening companies only do online searches for their background checks. This will yield quick results but there are a lot of flaws in this system. At ESS we do deeper investigations to get you the most reliable results possible. The members of our research team all have prior experience in law enforcement or criminal justice at some capacity. We can find the background records that other companies would let slip through the cracks.