How Long Will It Take to Get My Background Check Results?
28 Nov 2017
We are often asked if there is such a thing as an instant background check. There is, but they are notoriously unreliable, and we don’t recommended that employers use them.
We understand why organizations would want a quick report. By the time they get to the background screening, most employees are eager to know the background check time frame and how long it will take. After all, no matter where you are in the hiring process, it can sometimes seem like you can’t get a candidate hired fast enough. Nonetheless, you want to make sure you hire the right person, which is why it’s important to take the necessary precautions.
At Trusted Employees, we usually have a report available in one to three business days. We say “usually” because every background check is unique, both in terms of the variables we run in our screening and the individual we screen.
Many people may think that the more detailed a report, the longer it will take. This is not necessarily the case. No matter what’s included in the background report (e.g., employment verification, driver’s license check, reference check), we quickly contact the necessary people and agencies. Delays tend to happen on the other end.
Reasons for delay
There are multiple reasons why the process might get stalled. For instance, some states have a slower turnaround time for responding to a request for a driver’s license report, or it might be difficult to reach the former employer the applicant put down as a reference. Some particular types of screenings, such as FBI background checks, can take months to complete. Fortunately, those aren’t a requirement for many jobs.
Quickening the process
While we do our best to work with state agencies and other sources who provide the information we need, one of the best ways to expedite the process is for you to provide us with as much information as you can. A candidate’s full name and all the identifying information you have will help us sort through individuals with the same name.
Finally, though we understand the desire to quickly receive a report, beware of partnering with background screening companies that “guarantee” a one- or two-day turnaround. Can you guarantee the references will be available or that certain offices will respond right away? No one can guarantee this, but at Trusted Employees, we have proven ways to expedite the process so you can get an accurate and detailed report within one to three business days.