Traditional background screening versus background screening software. Which one should you consider?

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Background screening has been around since time immemorial.

We can trace it back to 1908 in the United States when the law about negligent hiring was first introduced in a case where a prank by an apprentice resulted in the accidental killing of a co-worker.

In that case, the court held the employer liable for the death as it found that the employer had continued to keep the wrongdoer in employment even after witnessing his reckless action.

During the next two decades, many more employers were found to have hired people negligently by the courts in the US.

As a result, by the late 1970s, employers in a wide range of industries began to pay more attention to providing a safe work environment and checking resumes and job applications for lies.

How does background screening work?

Checking an individual's identity is the first step in a background check.

With information such as date of birth and identification number, searches can be conducted across various public databases and court records to identify any potential red flags.

Some searches also require specialists to contact employers and other groups, such as educational institutions.

Background screening software platforms

The state of background screening has barely changed since it first started. Despite the evolving changes and new expectations, service providers are barely playing catch up.

Social media, fake degree mills, false identities, criminal records, financial backgrounds are just the tip of the iceberg.

With the war on talents raging on, companies cannot afford long turnarounds and risk candidates’ dropping out.

This is especially so for companies with a high number of requisitions to fill.

Newer entrants such as Veremark build their background screening process from scratch. Without the burden of legacy, it is easier to craft out a better workflow on a blank canvas to provide the expectations of modern customers.

How does it work?

  1. With easy online signup, employers can quickly request international background checks on a dedicated portal without being put on hold to speak with anyone.
  2. Your candidates will get a notification from Veremark via email and/or SMS to securely submit all documents. The process is transparent, and candidates are kept up to date with their progress through notifications and nudges. It is also fully GDPR and PDPA compliant.
  3. This is where the magic happens. Veremark will coordinate with data sources and feedback providers such as government bodies and referees to gather the necessary information.
  4. A comprehensive report is generated for the employer with itemised insights on all the checks and their results.

And it does not end there.

Using blockchain technology, a career passport is created for the candidate. Over time, this will help assist in almost instantaneous future checks and eliminate unnecessary and wasteful rechecks.

Other tangible benefits

This would include integration with many ERP and Applicant Tracking Systems such as Greenhouse, JobAdder and Workday. It eliminates any manual transfer of information either way since the integration is bi-directional.

Compared to traditional background screening providers, background screening software such as Veremark can complete an employment check in less than two days vis-à-vis the typical 7 days.

As with most other software-as-a-service, prices are entirely transparent, so you know how much it will cost from day one. No more getting a bombshell and pushback from the Finance department.


You can rely on Veremark if you need to fill vacant roles quickly with the right people in your organisation.

Veremark employs special HR background screening software and tools in our screenings to produce higher-quality data in less time, allowing you to make the most secure, informed hiring decisions possible.

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What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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Request a discovery session with one of our background screening experts today.

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