Background Check Questions


How common is background screening for employment purposes?

Statistics say that 80% of employers conduct background checks on new hires and current employees, particularly for positions where they have access to consumers’ financial information or may work with vulnerable populations. With today’s emphasis on managing more work with fewer people, the impact of a bad hire is greater than ever before. At least 45% of all resumes contain at least one major fabrication; the FBI calls employee theft the fastest growing crime in America; and 30% of all business failures are caused by employee theft. Searches may include past employment verifications, education verifications, and criminal record searches.

What is a criminal background check?

Criminal court record searches are the most common of background checks. At USA Background Checks, our trained researchers can provide you with “live”, current, accurate and up-to-date county criminal information available that may include felony and/or misdemeanor offenses for the previous 7-10 years at a county level. In conjunction with the county criminal searches, the national criminal records will show prison and probation sentences, offense history, and more. Federal Criminal Searches report information from federal district courts and contain only specific high-level, white-collar crimes and crimes that cross state lines.

What is an employment background check?

On a pre-employment background check that we, at USA Background Checks, typically perform, searches may include: Employment and education verifications, a person search (which provides up-to-date information on an applicant’s past addresses and movement patterns based on name and social security number), county and national criminal searches. Employers rely upon background screens to make knowledgeable hiring decisions and to help reduce the risk of employee theft, workplace violence, and negligent hiring lawsuits. A background screening conducted by CRAs for employment purposes require an individual’s consent, and is regulated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

What is a tenant background check?

The tenant screening process is used essentially by property managers and residential landlords to evaluate potential tenants. The purpose of a tenant background check is to assess the likelihood the tenant will fulfill the terms of the lease or rental agreement.

Why screen volunteers?

Typically, our CRAs screen the backgrounds of individuals who volunteer with groups and organizations that typically involve vulnerable groups, such as children and the elderly. Our Safety 1st search provides a report that includes criminal data information on the full name and aliases used by the volunteer, dates at listed addresses, validity of the Social Security number (SSN) provided, age/date of birth and available phone information. Safety 1st supplies compelling data to help organizations make wiser choices when selecting volunteers.

Who does background checks?

Employers; Families who want to find the best babysitter for their baby or a trustworthy caregiver for their grandparent.; Perhaps you need to find a credible and honest contractor to put a new addition on your house; Landlords searching for a reliable, and well-rounded tenant. If you want to protect your home, loved ones, or your investment, you might want to conduct a background check on whom you’re letting into your home, business or your life.

What do you need from me?

Many reports require a signed authorization and release form. To ensure the most accurate and reliable information possible, please provide: Full Legal name – with the correct spelling (and maiden name if applicable), Date of Birth (DOB) and a social security number (SSN). On background check reports that may include a driving record, you would need to provide a valid driver’s license number, and the state it is issued in.