How Long Should A Background Check Take?

How Long Should A Background Check Take?

The hiring process can be a difficult and timely process, that is why we understand how important it is to be able to make timely decisions during the hiring process. We pride ourselves on being able to provide fast and accurate information for our clients. Fast turnarounds help you and your potential hire.

Background checks turnaround times vary depending on the type of search, however many of our searches have instant results. Criminal record searches may take 24 to 48 hours to complete. With our up to date systems and network of nationwide researchers we are able to get results quickly and accurately.

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What Affects How Long A Background Check Takes?

There are many factors that go into the time it takes to gather the information for a background check. Depending on the type of search and the depth of the search it may extend the wait time. Courthouses play a role in the time it takes. Most counties in the United States have systems that can get results within a day, however some counties don’t have these systems in place. This causes the need for a representative to go to or reach out to the courthouse directly.

Verifying Education And Employment

Verifying information about a potential hire’s past employment or education has many factors when it comes to how long it takes. 

Universities and colleges verification can be done fairly quickly. Most information regarding higher education is accessible within a day. Highschool verification may take longer. In the case of verifying information from a highschool, the school will need to be reached out to directly. Sometimes receiving transcripts will speed up the process and make it easier to verify.

Verifying a potential hire’s past employment may be done by a few different ways. Some companies use services for employment verification, this speeds up the process to within a day.  Reaching out to the employer directly may have delays in the process, but may be the only way. We also may verify employment through W2 forms obtained from the potential hire.

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