Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a background check take?

Depending on the type of background check the employer requested, the average background check can take between one and three business days.

Will a misdemeanor or felony be reported on a background check?

Those types of convictions or any legally reportable non-conviction will show up on a background check if the employer requested a background check that includes those level of crimes.

What is in an Education and Professional verification?

Employers are interested in identifying the name of the institution you attended and when you attended there. The report will also provide the employer when you graduated from this institution and the degree you received.

Professional licenses checks are done by the background screening company contacting the state licensing board to confirm that the license has expired or been suspended.

How do I dispute the information on my background report?

If you believe the information on the report is inaccurate or incomplete, you may contact Essential Screens.  Upon request Essential Screens will provide you with a free copy of your background check to assist you with the dispute process.  This process can take up to 30 days, depending on the overall scope of the screen. It is Essential Screens policy to quickly respond to all disputes. To begin the process you may contact Essential Screens at 888-494-9188 or submit your request by completing the dispute document by clicking HERE to file a dispute. You can also complete the following form and mail it to Essential Screens Attn: Disputes  1828 N. Webb Rd., Suite 1 Grand Island, NE 68803.

Will I get hired if I have a criminal record?

Each employer makes hiring decisions based on applicable Federal and State laws and regulations. Criminal information is used only as part of their hiring decision process. When an employer reviews the background check report they may take some of the following in consideration: How recent was the conviction? Has the candidate engaged in rehabilitation efforts? How many offenses has the candidate been convicted of? What are the facts or circumstances surrounding the offense? You should contact your prospective employer to discuss their process.