Some 95% of US employers conduct background checks during the hiring process, primarily to protect employees, customers, and others (77%). Companies also rely on background checks to improve the quality of hires (51%) and safeguard company reputation (40%). A National Criminal Databases Search, for instance, may identify a record making a candidate ineligible for a position. A Professional License Verification can confirm that your candidate has the proper licensure and qualifications necessary to perform a job’s functions. Running the appropriate types of background screenings for a given position can help employers make more informed hiring decisions.
However, while protecting employees, customers, and the business’s reputation, many employers may be hurting themselves by using the wrong background check provider. Accuracy is a key consideration—with 83% of US employers saying it’s their top concern when choosing a background check provider—but that alone isn’t good enough.