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Common Questions

Why should my company do background checks?
 

Are there any privacy or discrimination issues involved in the pre-employment screening process?
 

Is there a national criminal index?
 

Why do a Social Security Number trace?
 

Why do I need an employment credit report?
 

Why should a company outsource for pre-employment background checks?
 

Why must I have written authorization from the applicant?
 

How do I assign my background check?
 

What is the turn around time for the results?
 

How will I receive the results?
 

How much will it cost to perform a pre-employment background check?
 

 

Why should my company do background checks?

  This is the single most often asked question.  Pre-screening or background checks are necessary to make sure that you, the employer, make the right decision for your business.

Employers may face liability issues if the court determines that the employer "knew or should have known" negative facts of an employee's background that should have disqualified that employee from having the job. 

Read more on our Background Checks page.

   

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Are there any privacy or discrimination issues involved in the pre-employment screening process?

  The Fair Credit Reporting Act ensures protection of an individual's privacy rights, and to insure the accuracy of information reported. Employment Profile is considered a "Consumer Reporting Agency" under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

The FCRA imposes statutory and regulatory safeguards on "Consumer Reporting Agencies", the users, and providers of the information to insure the accuracy of information provided and offer recourse to the individual if the information is inaccurate.  Employment Profile operates in full compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
   

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Is there a national criminal index?

  Contrary to popular belief, there is no national criminal index assessable to employers or the public.  Only law enforcement has access to the NCIC.  It is for this reason that criminal record checks are performed county by county, and statewide.  Multi jurisdictional searches are also available utilizing criminal record databases which currently includes data from 36 different states.
   

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Why do a Social Security Number trace?

  This search verifies that the Social Security Number given by the applicant is in fact registered to the applicant, verifies the current address, and offers former addresses as well. This search helps identify former addresses so criminal records can be searched in all jurisdictions that the applicant has resided in.
   

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Why do I need an employment credit report?

  For any employee who will handle money, equipment, or be placed in a position of financial responsibility or management, this search is a must.  Learn if the prospective employee is financially responsible before you put them in such a position.
   

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Why should a company outsource for pre-employment background checks?

  Small to large companies have learned that pre-employment screening is a time consuming task that requires knowledge and resources that their Human Resource Departments do not normally have access to.  Let Employment Profile handle this task, utilizing our knowledge and resources to insure the most timely and accurate information.
   

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Why must I have written authorization from the applicant?

  To be in full compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, all prospective employees must submit an authorized background verification disclosure, and simply stated, “it's the law.”  There must be a permissible purpose to perform the background check, and the signed disclosure identifies to the applicant their rights through the FCRA.
   

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How do I assign my background check?

  Contact Employment Profile via fax, phone, email, or through our website to assign the background check via fax, email, or through the World Wide Web.

Employment Profile offers an interactive, user-friendly, web-based ordering system.  Place an order for your pre-employment background check online, follow the progress, and retrieve results in real-time.  Be assured that all information is safe and secure - and in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
   

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What is the turn around time for the results?

  Some search results are immediate, in most cases you will be advised within 24 to 36 hours.
   

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How will I receive the results?

  It is your choice - receive the results by personal contact, email, fax, or online.  You receive a written report outlining the details, or you can print a report online with the click of your mouse.
   

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How much will it cost to perform a pre-employment background check?

 

The cost varies as to the extent of the search. The cost is determined once you decide the scope of our research. Packaging of the available resources is suggested to be the most cost effective.

   
 

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