pre-employment-screeningName only criminal history background checks are becoming increasingly popular.  They are quick, they are inexpensive and they are easy to access.  However, this can actually increase your liability, which will potentially cost much more than it saves.  It is crucial when selecting a company to do background screens for you, that the company will do a thorough job; which means doing much more than a name only search.

It has been an issue for individuals with a common name to have a background screen come back “red flagged”, due to a person with the same name having a criminal history. Can you imagine how many possible records would come back on a name like John Smith?  However, a good consumer reporting agency (CRA) will perform due diligence and ensure that the person being screened is the same as the person who has the criminal record. By using Essential Screens you can count on numerous screening criteria’s being in place, this makes sure that the record you receive is for the candidate in question.

The Nebraska State Patrol has recently made a name only criminal background check available online.   The cost for accessing this report is $18 for each individual.  In 2012 the Nebraska State Patrol processed 33,337 requests.  (Nebraska State Patrol)  The State Patrol uses a third party to process the requests, which means it isn’t even the state patrol doing the research!  Essential Screens can do a statewide screen for LESS than the cost of the State Patrol and with less risk of false positives being returned.  Imagine, less risk and less cost.  Why wouldn’t you want more for less?