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4 Reasons Why Your Applicant’s Drug Test is Taking So Long

June 7, 2020 by The SwiftCheck Team

More and more employers are conducting pre-employment drug tests on all new hires. While there are many variables that impact the turnaround time of a background check, the pre-employment drug test is the most common reason for a longer background check report.

8 Myths, and the realities, of Background Checks and Applicant Tracking Systems

May 6, 2020 by The SwiftCheck Team

For most HR professionals, the talent acquisition process is no mystery, but there are a few steps that happen behind the scenes that can lend themselves to misconceptions. If you’re using an ATS, you know that there are a lot of checkpoints that each candidate is subject to – and some of them are more transparent than others. Background screening, for example, is generally done by a third party, but we rarely stop to ask questions about how this crucial process works.

3 of the Most Common Ways People Fail Background Checks

February 20, 2020 by The SwiftCheck Team

After years of working in the background screening industry, we are always amazed at how many people ask; “If I gave my you my information, what would you find?” My first thought is always the same, that you should know your past. But do you?

2020 New Form I-9 Released

February 1, 2020 by The SwiftCheck Team

On Jan. 31, 2020, the USCIS published the 2020 New Form I-9. Employers should begin using this form as of Jan. 31, 2020.

SwiftCheck Announces Pittsburgh Penguins Partnership

December 18, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

SwiftCheck, a leading provider of pre-employment background screening services, has announced an agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pennsylvania Courts Sealing Criminal Records Under Clean Slate

July 12, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

PA courts began automatically sealing eligible criminal and summary records under Clean Slate on June 28th, 2019. Eligible offenses that will be shielded from public view include non-convictions, second and third degree misdemeanor convictions, summary convictions, and other non-violent misdemeanor convictions.

A Few Things to Consider Before Conducting a Credit Check

June 14, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

As a background screening company there are a lot of different pre-employment searches that we can offer that we believe will provide candidate information that is both accurate and compliant for employers. However, there is one search in particular that we suggest not using when performing an employment background check.

3 HOT HR Technologies and the Companies That Do Them Best

May 20, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

HR professionals are bombarded with new and interesting technology that boast ways to improve HR efficiencies. It’s hard to tell the difference between a flash in the pan software and a solution that provides long-term results for HR professionals, their departments and their organizations. At SwiftCheck we work with a lot of different clients, partners, software companies and are always reviewing technology that can improve talent acquisition.

3 Common Ways Applicants Cheat Their Background Check Report and How to Prevent Them

May 3, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

Like you, job applicants are aware that the job market is tight and the competition is tough. This leads more and more candidates to misrepresent, lie and cheat their way to a new job. Organizations are at risk of hiring individuals who are not who they say they are. 

5 Requirements That Prevent HR From an FCRA Lawsuit

April 18, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

In 2019, the phrase “FCRA Lawsuit” will still turn heads when mentioned in a law practice. In fact there were over 4,200 FCRA lawsuits in 2018 alone. These lawsuits are still causing headaches for employers and their human resource departments.

4 Ways to Ensure a Fast Background Check

March 14, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

Fast background check turnaround times are no longer a matter of preference; they are a necessity. A tight labor market has created new problems for human resource professionals that have not have been experienced in over a decade.

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts. 7 ways to reduce the chance of being ghosted by a candidate

February 23, 2019 by The SwiftCheck Team

According to the Burearu of Labor Statistics, in November of 2018 the United States national unemployment rate hit 3.7%.  That rate makes it the lowest unemployment level since 1969! This red hot job market is causing a new trend in the hiring process for HR: Ghosting.

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