Pre-Employment Screening

Background Checks (aka Criminal Histories)

There are two kinds of background checks –

   One where you simply want to say you ran one

   Or one where you actually need to know what their background is.

We provide the second one.  You can go online and find a myriad of providers to give you the first one for a variety of prices.  Our prices are also reasonable and we give you true, accurate results.

Criminal history facts:

The fallacy of National Background Checks: States do not share criminal information with other states in a central location except for with federal agencies the public does not have direct access to.  And many states don’t release them at all except to law enforcement agencies.

The cost to access some states is very high and some states do not allow public access at all.   If you are offered a nationwide check for $35 you can be assured that they are not accessing the state repositories.  If I added up all of then state access fees and county fees to actually run a nationwide search – it would be well over $500.  So what are you getting for that too-good-to-be-true price?

Criminals know how to avoid their criminal record.  Our proven process for name search criminal records stays one step ahead of their techniques.

The only true national criminal history is through the FBI by fingerprints and can only be requested by the individual.

How far back can you get conviction records?  It depends on the state.  There is no federal limitation. 

In Michigan, for example, there is no limit.  They go back even into juvenile records in most cases unless the case has been sealed.

Other Pre-Screening Reports

When there is a need to know more, there is more to know.  One thing most people don’t realize is that most criminals never get caught.  So getting a clear criminal history back doesn’t mean your subject is not a criminal or trouble.

An investigative report can include:

Personal references – untrustworthy or unstable people cannot provide you with 3 references who have known them for 3 years or more who will vouch for them who are not family or a past employer.

Past Employers – it isn’t true that employers only give dates and job title.  At least not when a professional is doing the asking. By talking to supervisors, co-workers, or clients, we can often gain incredible insight into the person’s work ethics.  Also, if we do run into a brick wall, we simply remind the company that they may face damages if they do not provide important information if we ask, and a formal investigation by police later reveal that a situation could have been avoided if they were upfront.

Education – this is one of the most lied about issues on a resume.  Checking it may not be required for the job but checking their honesty.

Federal records – these are separate from state records. The standard background check from most providers covers states only never touching federal records.  They need to be searched separately.

Civil records – law suits can be the way some people make a living.  We check to make sure you are not their next target.

Professional licenses – we verify their license and research any complaints or sanctions.

Online persona – we scour the internet for the rabbit trails they have left behind.  This includes newspapers, high schools, and all of the social media sites

OIG:  Office of Inspector General database of Welfare and Healthcare Fraud

EPLS:  Excluded Parties List – this is a database of individuals and companies who are excluded from government contracts.

Credit Reports –overall it is a poor tool to judge anyone's character in 80% of the cases.  It judges more about how unfortunate someone has been rather than about their character.  The only time it is relevant is when hiring someone who is going to directly handle company finances or major decisions.  It is a valuable tool, in those circumstances in determining if their financial burden is heavier than the wages they bring in – leaving them with the temptation to embezzle or worse.  It is heavily protected by federal and state laws.

Driving record – this is also heavily protected by federal and state laws.  It can, however, tell us far more about a person than a credit report.  This record can reveal what they do when they think no one is looking.  This is a critical piece of information if you need to know they can be trusted when unsupervised.  It can also reveal positive things too – like one or two speeding tickets for a salesperson - shows they are willing to push the envelope and that is a great trait in a salesperson; too many would not be so good.  Drug and alcohol crimes also are often revealed on driving histories in most states.

If you require additional investigations, please let us know and we will be happy to get back to you with a quote and additional information. 

Photo is a Victoria Buckler original  copyright 2017
Photo is a Victoria Buckler original copyright 2017