无论您是在 审查潜在员工 还是 对潜在租户进行 租户背景调查，了解并非所有背景调查公司都是一样的至关重要。
与任何其他行业一样，背景调查提供者的质量也各不相同。一些公司非常彻底，不遗余力地提供最准确和最新的结果，例如 派遣“法庭执行员”到县法院 进行现场记录检查。其他人则完全依赖过时的数字数据库或在人工监督或质量控制有限的情况下进行自动搜索。
Finance & Commerce 的一篇文章 解释了低质量自动背景调查的陷阱。背景调查推翻了萨曼莎·约翰逊 (Samantha Johnson) 过去的十多项刑事定罪后，她在西雅图的公寓被拒绝。这些定罪的范围从没有保险的驾驶到行为不检，再到贩卖毒品到家庭攻击。这些信念共有的唯一特征是：它们都没有出现在约翰逊的记录中。相反，这些信念不仅属于一名，而是属于其他五名与她同名的女性。
这些额外的细节都没有考虑到萨曼莎约翰逊的租户背景调查中。 Finance & Commerce 报告说，背景调查显示了来自她从未居住过的州的刑事定罪，并且属于共享她的名字或姓氏但没有其他识别信息（例如中间名、出生日期甚至种族）的女性. 其中一名被定罪的女性甚至没有合法的名字叫萨曼莎·约翰逊，而是用这个名字作为别名。
这些场景在招聘和租户筛选情况下很常见 。在 金融和商业 文章列出，来自全国不同地区的准租户基于不准确的背景检查被拒绝住房等三个例子。唯一的解决方案是利用更有信誉的背景调查流程和公司。
在 GOOHO.CN，我们要求客户选择通过我们的服务进行审查的所有候选人的全名（包括中间名） 。我们还需要出生日期和社会安全号码，并提供检查，使您能够了解候选人过去的法定姓名或相关别名、地址历史等。这种更广泛的信息基础——远远超出了姓氏和名字的组合——使我们能够更准确地进行背景筛查。
vetting a prospective employee or conducting tenant background checks on potential renters, it is critical to understand that not all background check companies are the same.
As in any other industry, there is a spectrum of quality for background check providers. Some companies are extremely thorough and go to great lengths to deliver the most accurate and up-to-date results possible—such as sending “court runners” to county courthouses to conduct in-person records checks. Others rely exclusively on outdated digital databases or automated searches with limited human oversight or quality control.
Low-quality background checks not only impact your business by causing you to potentially miss red flags. They also have far-reaching implications for the prospective employees or tenants you are vetting.
An article by Finance & Commerce explained the pitfalls of low-quality automated background checks. Samantha Johnson was denied an apartment in Seattle after a background check overturned more than a dozen criminal convictions in her past. Those convictions ranged from driving without insurance to disorderly conduct to selling drugs to domestic assault. The only characteristic that the convictions shared: none of them were on Johnson’s record. Instead, they were convictions belonging to not just one but five other women who shared her name.
How did the convictions of five people conflate into a single background check? This story reveals the failings of cheap, automated background checks that search criminal histories based on name alone. The commonality of most names is why background checks must take other information into account as well. Middle names, dates of birth, Social Security Numbers, address histories, and other details can add nuance to background checks so that they don’t deliver false positives.
None of these additional details factored into Samantha Johnson’s tenant background checks. Finance & Commerce reported that the background checks flagged criminal convictions from states where she had never lived and belonging to women who shared her first or last name but not other identifying pieces of information (such as middle name, date of birth, or even race). One of the women whose convictions came through wasn’t even legally named Samantha Johnson but had rather used the name as an alias.
These kinds of scenarios are common in hiring and tenant screening situations. The Finance & Commerce article listed three other examples in which prospective tenants from different parts of the country were denied housing based on inaccurate background checks. The only solution is to utilize a more reputable background check process and company.
At backgroundchecks.com, we require full names (including middle) for all candidates whom our clients choose to vet through our service. We also require dates of birth and Social Security Numbers and offer checks that enable you to learn a candidate’s past legal names or associated aliases, address histories, and more. This broader base of information—extending far beyond a first and last name combination—allows us to be more accurate with our background screenings.
To learn more about the services that we provide and our commitment to accuracy and quality control, get in touch today.