In today's competitive job market, businesses must make informed decisions about hiring and retaining employees. Employment background checks provide valuable insights into a candidate's past, helping employers evaluate their qualifications, credibility, and any potential risks. If your business is wondering if they should screen incoming or existing employees, consider these statistics.
Learn more surprising statistics about employment background checks.
Criminal Background Checks are More Common than Not Among Employers
95% of U.S. employers conduct employee background screening
77% of U.S. employers have a documented background screening policy
Criminal background checks are the most common type of background check at 94%
89% of employers rely on state/local resources for their criminal records than a fingerprint database
U.S. employers rely on drug testing, driving records, and sex offender registry information than non-U.S. employers
The When and Why of Employee Background Checks
We recommend background checks of new and existing employees to reduce the risk of negligent hiring and other workplace challenges. Most employers use this rationale to protect their brand and their staff.
77% of employers conduct screening to protect employees and customers
52% screen to improve the quality of new hires
40% screen to protect their company's reputation
Regarding the timing of screening during the hiring process, our survey revealed that it was common among employers to conduct employee screening after an interview or after extending an offer. Here are more current statistics:
74% of U.S. employers conduct background checks after a conditional job offer
16% screen after an interview but before a job offer
3% screen applicants before the job interview
67% of employers that do post-hire screening tend to run criminal checks on an ongoing basis
Screening Partners are a Vital Part of the Hiring Process
With so much value placed on employment background checks, 81% of employers surveyed said they will not be switching screening providers. When selecting screening partners, employers look for quality and accuracy (83%), speed (58%), and cost (54%).
Have you found that these are the reasons you're satisfied (or not) with your employment background check provider? If you're considering if you need to screen new hires or current employees, we have decades of experience to answer your questions. Connect with VeriFirst to see if we can help.