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Achieve Faster Background Screening Turnaround Times

We understand the need for a speedy hiring process — especially in this competitive market. That’s why we wanted to share this tip sheet produced by our background screening partners over at Verified First.


  1. Review Your Internal Screening Process.
    To assess your internal process, consider asking:

    • I have a clear process that includes individual responsibilities and requirements?
    • Some screening providers allow you to assign team members to certain candidates and their background checks — use this to your advantage to keep things moving quickly.
  2. Encourage Candidate Responsiveness.
    • To establish trust and reduce candidate response time, consider a provider that offers:
      • Branded emails. Customize your emails with your branding so candidates can recognize and trust the legitimacy of your consent email.
      • Text messages. Implement a texting automation. According to CTIA.org, one in three candidates will respond to your text in an average of 90 seconds.
  3. Check (and double-check) Candidate Information.
    • Inaccurate candidate information can not only harm (1) screening turnaround time, but also (2) time-to-fill. Additionally, it may put your organization at legal risk.
    • Using a collaborative and digitized screening process:
      • Improves accuracy of candidate information
      • Reduces data entry/ errors
  4. Understand Your Screens.
    • Background screening turnaround time depends on (1) the type of screens you’re conducting for each role and (2) the internal processes you have in place.
    • For example, most criminal background checks take about 24-48 hours, while more thorough checks, like reference checks, can take up to three days. Be sure to notify candidates of anticipated delays to keep them in the know.

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Verified First is known for raising the bar on streamlined background screening solutions backed by the best client support, and for developing the easiest, fastest HR system connections, for free. Their client support team is U.S.-based and answers calls in seconds, consistently resulting in positive testimonials and a 97% customer satisfaction.

Verified First’s seamless integration with iRecruit provides clients with a turn-key experience and enables them to process comprehensive screens in one, convenient place. With a dedicated support team, a user-friendly browser extension, and unbeatable turnaround times, Verified First puts you first.

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