Are you applying for a job or undergoing a background check? If so, visit our Candidate FAQs for answers to our most common questions or to get help with your background check. This article is for employers who use Checkr.
This article will help you:
- Outline the different steps of the background check process.
- Determine which steps you (the employer) take and which steps the candidate takes.
Checkr's background check process
Conducting background checks is a complex process. Using the Checkr-hosted apply flow helps simplify the process for you and your candidates by automatically gathering the candidate personally identifiable information (PII) required to process your requested screenings.
Using the Checkr-hosted apply flow to order background checks results in the following workflow:
- You request a background check.
- The candidate receives an email with a link that opens a window requesting that they authorize the check and provide their information.
- The candidate enters their PII and electronically signs a disclosure, consent, and authorization form. This information securely transfers to Checkr and allows the background check to proceed.
- Checkr processes the information and conducts all required screenings, which usually take around 3-5 business days to process.
- When the report is complete, Checkr posts it to the Checkr Dashboard for your review. If the candidate requested a copy, they also receive one.
- You review the report and determine the candidate's eligibility based on your criteria. Based on that information, you decide whether to engage the candidate or initiate an adverse action.
How do background checks help your business?
Background checks benefit both the consumer (the subject of the background report) and end user (an employer or contractee) in a variety of legal and practical ways.
- Contract positions entail a level of risk between the customer and contractor. By requiring your sub contractors to undergo a background check before working with the public, you can establish a community of trust and transparency.
- Employers maintain the quality of their workforce. The background check process encourages honesty and communication with the employer, while employees maintain peace of mind amongst their colleagues.
- Mitigate negligent hiring and wrongful termination lawsuits. The cost of employee litigation can cripple company capital and resources, and conducting a formal process to screen your employees will help you navigate legal requirements.