Small Business Week – Why it is Crucial for Small Businesses to Outsource Background Screening

Now, these are the types of upcoming college graduates, much less people in general, you want to hire.

These roommates returned more than $40,000 to its rightful owner after finding the money stashed inside a couch they bought from a thrift store. They said it was the right thing to do. Doesn’t that benevolence and moral fortitude make you feel good?

It’s this type of stuff that comes into play when checking out candidates for jobs these days. A solid resume and cover letter, nice fitting suit and firm handshake, and reachable references doesn’t cut it anymore. We live in the digital age and where your name appears, or has appears, matters.

Why Should You Screen Your Candidates?

We’re wrapping up Small Business Week by taking a closer look at outsourcing background screening. We’ve hit on turnover and outsourcing 101 already this week.

As a small business, you might think that you don’t need to screen your candidates. Maybe you know all of your employees by name and you know their families, too. Maybe you have such a small staff you think everything they do is transparent. Maybe you think you can’t afford it. Maybe you feel it would be too invasive.

Whatever your reason, we urge you to reconsider. It’s business. It’s good business practice. If you’re not doing it already, you’re in the minority. A workplace violence survey performed by The Society for Human Resource Management reports that roughly 96% of HR professionals say that their companies do background checks of new hires. That’s up from 66% in 1996.

Background checks should be a routine, standard operating procedure for anyone you hire. Anyone. We bet these employers are kicking themselves for not looking more closely at their hires (scroll two-thirds down for more icky cases).

Here are some top reasons to screen your hires:

Small Business Specific

Hiring a specialist like Active Screening to perform your background checks is a move all small businesses should make.

It’s economical. Yes, you’ll spend some money to retain us but we will save you gobs/heaps/piles/mountains of cash with our comprehensive background checks that will prevent you from hiring an employee with a bad track record. Plus, you don’t have to train a current employee or hire a new employee to run background checks for you. That saves your payroll, too.

It’s wise. We know every state and federal regulation and law on the books. We know the trends and what’s coming down the pipeline. There is things like FCRA, EEOC, ADA, that we know inside and out. When you outsource your background checks to us, we keep you in compliance. And as this article states, “under FCRA, your small business can have limited legal immunity by using a third-party background pre-employment screening company.”

It’s timely. We’re fast. Because we know the background screening industry forward, backward, sideways and diagonal, we are efficient. We will not waste your time, our time or your candidate’s time.

It’s thorough. If you attempt to keep background checks in-house, you may be enticed to cut corners or only run a person’s identity or criminal record. It is too easy for nasty stuff to fall through the cracks that way. When you outsource to Active Screening, you can tailor your background screening needs and ensure you’re getting a good look at everything you want and need to know about a candidate. Here’s what we can cover:


You’ve worked hard to establish and build your small business. Let us help you protect it. Contact one of our client relations team members today.

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Patricia Carlson is a content writer who specializes in B2C and B2B inbound marketing. She blogs regularly for clients about the background screening and finance industries, and generates newsletters, white papers and email campaigns for a variety of businesses. Patricia also produces a heavy rotation of editorial material for home design, law enforcement, and family magazines. She’s been writing professionally for more than a dozen years, and for Active Screening for more than two of those. Check out LinkedIn for a roster of Patricia's clients and links to published works. When she’s not interviewing sources or researching trends, she’s living a fast-paced Florida life questioning the antics of her two young children, partner and mischievous cat. Patricia loves to talk tennis and TV on Twitter - give her a shout @pattycfreelance.
Active ScreeningBarbara S.
Healthcare Industry

"Here at Holland Hospital, we have been extremely pleased with Active Screening. The report results come back quickly, usually within 24 hours or less.  The staff at Active Screening is easy accessible, knowledgeable and responds to our questions promptly."

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"My experience working with Active Screening for our background check process has been very positive.  The reports are almost always completed in a very timely fashion. The information reported appears to be very thorough and accurate.  On the rare occasions that we have questions or problems, the customer service team is always very quick to respond and resolve the issue.  Overall, I am very pleased with the service I receive from Active Screening."

Active ScreeningCraig H. Staffing Industry

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Active ScreeningYulesis D.  Staffing Industry

“Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) has more than 2,000 employees at multiple locations across the United States. IRT has been using Active Screening to conduct criminal background checks since 2006. During this time, Active Screening has consistently returned accurate reports, usually with less than 48 hours turnaround. If there are any problems or inconsistencies with the reports, their staff has called to notify us so that we can attempt to rectify the situation. The staff at Active Screening is always courteous and congenial over the phone. In our opinion, Active Screening is outstanding.”

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We have benefited from knowing that we are not exposing the communities we work with or ourselves to unnecessary risk. We continue to have a perfect record in that we have never had a serious incident with a trip participant causing harm or acting inappropriately with any community member or fellow team member- thank goodness!

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I would highly recommend any association or organization who conducts background checks to use Active Screening. In addition to my involvement with WAHA, I am an officer in a corporation with over 500 employees who provide treatment, mental health, and correctional services for children and adolescents. Our company is mandated by law to do comprehensive background searches and I can say with the utmost sincerity that Active Screening product rivals that of any government or other private sector process.

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