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Choosing a Background Check Service for Your Biz
By Laura Kudia
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Choosing a Background Check Service for Your Biz

Before going on a Tinder date, it’s tempting to do a quick Google search of your match.

Otherwise, you might end up having a “romantic” dinner in the basement of a convicted felon’s house. (Or, more likely, his mom’s house.)

And when it comes to hiring for your business, the temptation to search a potential hire’s background is no different. It’s not a bad idea, considering that a CareerBuilder study found that 58% of resumes contain incorrect or misleading information. And fibs about minor accomplishments aren’t even the worst of it. 33% of resumes have outright lies about academic degrees achieved, and 26% have lies about which companies a candidate worked for.

When you’re hiring, you’re potentially giving a stranger access to your customer database, your product roadmap, your finances, and much more. You don’t want to hand over the keys to your business after a few brief interviews.

A haphazard Google search only takes you so far. And choosing the right background check service can be confusing. Luckily, you have two solutions:

Full-service firms can take several days to get results, but they provide a comprehensive report that includes sex offender status, education and employment verification, criminal records, and credit checks. These checks typically run $50-100 per individual.

The biggest benefit of a full-service firm? Their checks comply with the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines and are guaranteed to be completely accurate.

Online background check websites are typically less expensive than full-service firms ($10-50 per individual), but they are also less comprehensive. The upside is that you’ll get instant results on info like misdemeanor and felony convictions, sex offenses, bankruptcies, and social network profiles.

Take it with a grain of salt, however, since online background check websites are not FCRA-compliant, not always accurate, and don’t include education or employment verification.

In hiring (and in love), it’s best to do your research before making long-lasting commitments.

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