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Hiring New Employee

The Difference Between Federal and Multi-State Background Checks

Hiring a new team member is an exciting thing. You are expanding your team and bringing a like-minded and talented person into your business. However, it can also be a stressful time as well.

You need to make sure that your new employee is trustworthy to be an asset to your team. You also should understand and learn as much about your new employee as you can before you welcome them to your team and into your office.

To help you find this information and ensure that your new employee is in fact the best match for your business, you will want to run a background check. Background checks help you verify details and specific qualifications about your prospective employee. But you need to know which background check is the best fit for your new employee. These are the differences between federal and multi-state background checks, the most common background checks as they relate to criminal charges.

Federal Background Checks

A federal background check gives you a look at your applicant’s criminal history. More specifically, this background check will show you if they have committed crimes at the federal level or on federal land. It will also let you know if your applicant has moved around to cover up their federal crimes. Crimes that will show up on this background check include arson, illegal possession of firearms, tax evasion, and more.

These are extreme crimes, but they give you a look at the possible habits or character of your applicant and how it can impact you and your team.

Multi-State Background Checks

State background checks show crimes committed at the state and county level for a particular state. These crimes are pulled from the records available from the state’s official criminal history repository. Multi-state databases include information from online databases in many states. This means the data pulled for a multi-state background check varies from state to state especially since not all states have an electronic database to pull from.

The data may show felony records or just incarceration records. It is important to note that most crimes are committed at the state and county levels so it is important to run this background check as it will give a clear perspective on your potential hire.

Further, not all states make county criminal records available so to make sure you are receiving the best results on your applicant, you will want to run a state background check for every state the applicant has lived in.

We Are Here to Help

There are multiple reasons to run a background check on a potential employee. Running a background check helps reduce the turnover rate at your place of employment. Background checks can help limit company losses from issues like employee theft, substance abuse, financial loss, or excessive absences. Finally, they help you find qualified and capable employees that keep costs down and revenue up.

Affordable Background Checks understands that these days background checks are an essential part of the hiring process, and we are here to help. Whether you are an employer wanting to run a background check or an applicant wanting to know how your background check will look to potential employers, our massive database can help you run a background check to verify that all information is correct and no discrepancies stay hidden.

Employee Background Check

We also understand that all background checks should be affordable to anyone who needs one. Since these are so essential to the wellbeing of employees and employers alike, we know that background checks need to be available to all. We work to offer our customers complete and extensive background checks at the most affordable cost. We also believe in quality.

To ensure a robust background check, we compile results from numerous sources and can provide you information pertaining to criminal records, contact information, legal judgements, personal details, and more.

Our services include commercial background checks, criminal background checks, employee pre-screening background checks, and background verification checks. Whether you are looking for a new job, you are hiring a new employee, whether you are a large business or a small business, let us take the work and hassle out of background checks and so you can add a new employee to your team or land your dream job.

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Gavin Muirhead

Gavin Muirhead has been involved in developing products for background checks and improving online experiences in the background screening industry since 2012. He is the lead author and editor of Affordable Background Checks.