There is nothing like an early morning run on the beach to clear my head and think. You guessed it. I am still on vacation. Kids are sleeping….well, our kids are. The 3 little guys next to us are moving around the pool like Indy cars and the look on mom’s face says vacation is not that relaxing. Been there? Anyway, for the past couple months I have spent a lot of time thinking, writing and speaking about the background screening industry. Yes, I have been a critic of the low quality background checks that dominate the industry since the day I launched Safe Hiring Solutions. And will continue to be for the foreseeable future as cheap, risky screening solutions are still being peddled as “national background checks.”
National background check does NOT automatically mean comprehensive. Actually it rarely does.
The only way to know for sure is to educate yourself on background screening so you can ask the right questions of a background screening firm. We prefer to put all the marbles on the table so you can see what we do and how we do it.
Transparency is critical but it is not the #1 most important quality of a background screening firm. It hit me this morning while running that the most important quality is integrity. Integrity is defined as doing the right thing even when nobody is watching.
It is easy to do the right thing when people are watching, right?
I have spent the past 20 years working to end violence against women and children. One consistency over the years is that perpetrators of domestic violence often do the right thing in public and brutalize their partners at home. Do you know how many neighbors of perpetrators that I have interviewed over the years that described the domestic terrorist as a “great guy”? The majority.
Now, this is going to be a bold statement but it is necessary. The public face of a background screening firm always looks nice. The peddler of cheap background checks relies upon crafty marketing and an uneducated market.
What you are looking for is a screening firm that has integrity. That does the right thing when nobody is looking.
A background screening partner with integrity will be honest about pricing, limitations of criminal databases, disclose how far back their searches go and how they handle alias or other names. Integrity in background screening means we are more concerned with the safety and security of your organization than profit.
Are you ready to work with a background screening firm that has integrity?
Download the 10 Things to Know Before Hiring a Background Screening Firm so you choose a firm with integrity.