A background check is a method of studying and collecting employment history, criminal records, financial records, and financial records of an individual or an organization.

While running a background screening test, multiple pieces of information get reviewed. Based on the requirements, these checks can be short or detailed and comprehensive.

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Background screenings are demanded by employers when they are about to hire a job candidate. For the positions that entail high security or trust, such background screenings become critical.

In the United States, organizations must get permission from the applicant to perform a background check on him or her. The company must be following the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Also, they have to guarantee that they will not discriminate against the applicant. The FCRA regulates such consumer reports

Most notably, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) regulates the use of consumer reports as it pertains to adverse decisions, notification to the applicant, and destruction and safekeeping of records.

how long does a background check take

The most common question people ask when considering background screenings is how much time would it take. Most consumer reporting agencies have similar answers—it depends.

Peopletrail Background Screening

It’s true that the time it takes to complete a background check can vary significantly. But for most clients, Peopletrail boasts a national average of 1.6 days with real-time updates on delays. Our screening specialists turn a three-week waiting period into one hour.  Learn more about what we do during that time.

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