Background checks and references are some of the only insights employers have into who their applicants are. You can learn a lot about an applicant’s attitude and personality from an interview, but a background check offers an unfiltered report providing a clearer picture of an applicant’s past.
Screening reports contain a lot of information, so it can be tricky to determine what actually matters. One Source’s team helps you decipher reports, but there are a few indicators you can look for right away on any report. You can immediately get a high-level understanding of an applicant’s history with these 5 vital insights from (pre) employment background checks.
An applicant’s resume will show you where they’ve gained experience over the years, but there’s no way to verify the authenticity of their resume without references. An employment verification will clearly show your applicant’s work history so you can be certain of their qualifications. You can establish right away whether their experience truly matches what you’re looking for.
Every organization has different guidelines about hiring people with criminal records—be sure to make your expectations clear and stick to them. While not all screening agencies offer state and federal criminal checks, One Source’s TotalCheck packages screen county, state and federal court records plus sex offender registries and global watchlists. In a report, you’ll see an applicant’s full criminal record so you can easily determine whether their convictions are acceptable within your policies.
Some positions require formal education or training, and you need to prove that your applicants meet the requirements. One Source can report what degrees an applicant earned, when they graduated, their GPA and whether the degree came from a degree mill. Degree mills are websites where people can buy degrees rather than complete coursework for them. Your candidates should have genuine degrees they studied for—a background report can tell you whether their education is valid.
Licenses and Certifications
There are hundreds of classes of professional licenses for a wide variety of industries. If your employees require any kind of professional certification, it’s up to you to ensure your team is completely licensed. A report from One Source will tell you what licenses a candidate has, when they will expire, any denied or revoked licenses and any disciplinary actions on licenses.
A background report will help you determine whether a candidate is a good fit for a position that requires driving. One Source can tell you whether an applicant’s driver’s license is valid and if they’re certified to drive semi-trucks or vans. If an applicant has any tickets or driving infractions, that information will be provided as well. That was 5 vital insights from (pre) employment background checks that you can learn from.
To start your hiring process with an experienced, helpful background screening partner, contact One Source Client Relations today.