What's a Background Verification & What Info Does It Provide?

Updated: Aug 9, 2020

Not all applicants are totally honest about their qualifications and may exaggerate their education history or even make outrageous misrepresentations of their professional backgrounds.

A Background Verification Agency, such as Global Background Screening LLC, offers services that include checking employment histories, educational degrees, and professional licenses. This helps employers ensure that applicants have the qualifications and backgrounds that are required for a certain position.

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A background verification will also help avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of hiring someone who does not meet the requirements for the job. An unqualified new hire may not be able to perform necessary job requirements, which could negatively impact individual and organizational performance, not to mention overall revenue for the business.

Finally, the most important aspect about conducting a background verification is to use a well-known and reputable company. If a company does not abide by the FCRA or EEOC guidelines the employer and background verification agency may get sued, sometimes for millions of dollars. Certain procedures must be taken during the background screening process, especially when denying an applicant over a background verification report, called adverse action, or more widely known as a consumer report.

How Are Background Verifications Conducted?

Generally, any background verification agency for employment and tenant screening will begin with a social security trace or sometimes called a social security number trace.

What’s in a Social Security Number Trace (SSN Trace)?

The SSN Trace will utilize numerous databases including Credit Bureaus to verify the counties where you have lived, been arrested, went to school, alias names, the validity of the ssn, and much more.

Here is the main starting point of any background verification.

Next, if you’re wanting to provide an additional security blanket, you should order a National Criminal Database search.

What’s a National Criminal Database Search?

You’ve probably seen a couple of sites like BeenVerified or People Search sites, where you can search a person anonymously?

Well, these people search sites utilize some of those databases.

Background verification agencies have additional access to numerous instant police and public databases. Tracy Shatus, the CEO of Global Background Screening LLC confirms that Global Background Screening LLC currently utilizes 1,800 databases covering almost 900 million records for their national criminal product.

Instant National Criminal Database Search

Ok, so now we have conducted an instant nationwide criminal database search.