Basic Background Checks vs. Comprehensive Background ChecksBy far the best background check is a detailed comprehensive background check (see, Comprehensive Background Check: The Best Background Check). However, sometimes budget or other constraints may force you to accept the potential risks of running a more basic background check. Because we are checking fewer sources, hidden problems may remain undetected. Additional risks that a basic check may leave you exposed to include: unqualified employees, employee theft and fraud, workplace violence or other problems.
Basic Background Checks vs. "Instant Background Checks"Even though Basic Background Checks have increased risk compared to Comprehensive Background Checks, they are much better than the commonly promoted "instant" database "Background Checks." Criminal databases cannot be relied upon for accuracy or completeness. See Criminal Database Limitations: A Database Search Is Not A Background Check and The Best Background Check Service: The Inside Story.
Basic Background Check Searches
- Social Security Number Scan: Check name and address history for running county criminal record checks.
- County Criminal Record Check: Check both felony and misdemeanor files when possible. Check counties of residence, school, and work (last 7 years).
- Verify Employment History: (last 7 years)
- Education Verification: Verify post-high school education for professional and management positions.
Background All Staff MembersWe recommend that you background all staff, including full-time employees, part-time employees, temps, contractors, and volunteers.
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