How Long Does a Background Check Take?

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You’ve worked hard to recruit the ideal candidate and are ecstatic that they’ve accepted the position and want to join your company. Ah but wait, they can’t do so until they’ve passed a background check.

One of the most frequently-asked questions we get is, “How long does a background check take?”

With such a competitive hiring environment and so much riding on a background check for both employer and candidate, it’s a very good question.

Perhaps you, like many, have seen TV shows where, with just a few taps on a keyboard every detail about an individual can be instantly accessed.

As this video spotlights, a variety of factors greatly influence how quickly a thorough pre-employment background check may take along with some tips on how you can help prepare your candidates to help expedite the process:


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