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How Long Does an Employee Background Check Take?

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If there’s one question that can make an expert in employment background checks squirm a little, it’s likely this one: How long will the background check take?

That’s because the answer is, like many things related to background checks such as cost and scope: it depends.

The reason for such a wide variation in the timeline of the check is that there is a wide variation in the specific elements that make up the background check.

Who Benefits from Background Checks? It May Be More than Just the Employer

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Job candidates are mistaken to think that the background checks that potential employers are running on them are solely for the benefit of the organizations.

As a recruiter responsible for communicating the screening process to these candidates, it may be difficult to dissuade them of that belief.

But what about other stakeholders involved in the process – how might background checks benefit them?

New eBook: Background Checks for Dummies

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Savvy HR professionals know that using an industry-recognized background checking company to help verify that your job candidate is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about his or her credentials is a key component to fostering a safe and more productive workplace. But what actually goes on during the background […]