Courtny Cloeter, CRO
With local economies revving up, many companies are preparing to accelerate talent acquisition to help spur rapid, post-coronavirus recovery. In fact, an expectation-busting March 2021 jobs report underscores the expansion already happening in the job market.
Despite the need for onboarding speed, however, organizations are also striving to maintain and enhance their candidate screening processes— and for a good reason. A study by Checkster Research, for example, found that nearly four in five job seekers may be willing to misrepresent their qualifications on applications and in interviews. And the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration estimates that 9 percent of the nation’s estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users are employed either full- or part-time.
These issues present real threats for companies. Gaining a full picture of prospective employees has become essential in promoting a safe and drug-free workplace, preventing poor hiring decisions, and building high-performance teams for the long run. Fortunately, Ohio-based background screening company (consumer reporting agency) Asurint has pioneered methods to help companies with these challenges through better background checks.
“We have created a continuously expanding system that uses intelligence to find information about candidates—not just manpower or databases,” says Courtny Cloeter, CRO of Asurint. The system centers on the industry’s first-of-its-kind background screening recommendation engine, IQLogics™, along with a National Criminal Information Bureau (NCIB) data repository, which Asurint owns, compiles, and continually updates.
This approach differs from most background search providers, which rely on third-party commercial data aggregators or only provide single-county searches which can be slow and ineffective.
“Our data team is always driving toward finding the best and the most reliable sources to pull out data and update the NCIB,” adds Cloeter.
The core challenge in conducting background checks is that records are maintained by thousands of local and state courts and institutions, each with different access rules and methods. For instance, some jurisdictions participate in statewide online data repositories, while others do not. A candidate’s prior residence history, therefore, influences which background check options will be most efficient and informative – whether that be a single county, statewide, or NCIB-driven search. IQLogics navigates this complexity automatically.
Clients benefit from more thorough background checks, faster turnaround times, and a more comprehensive view of each potential hire or employee. As the battle for talent heats up, accessing candidate background reports 25%faster(based on Asurint customer head-to-head trials) offers a significant competitive advantage. The company’s Instant Clear criminal searches also outperform, covering 85 percent of the U.S. population. (based on Asurint customer head to head trials)
Although several innovative technologies underpin the Asurint solution, Cloeter argues that people—the company’s trusted Screen Team—are the real asset. “Our ability to create a powerful combination of personnel expertise, responsive processes, and innovative technology helped us bring a revolutionary change in the way background checks were being conducted,” says Cloeter.
Legal and regulatory compliance is a prime example of where subject matter expertise and technology combine to great advantage. Asurint has built a strong internal team to stay on top of changes at the federal, state, and local levels. This information is incorporated into the company’s background search compliance engine and shapes an array of personalized screening assistance and educational updates the company supplies.
Asurint is currently helping elite brands, staffing agencies, transportation, and logistics providers, and other employers eliminate manual employment screening tasks and achieve ambitious hiring objectives. But Cloeter says the company is far from finished pushing the industry’s boundaries. “We’re always embracing new technologies to enhance our value proposition. It certainly sounds like more exciting advancements in employment screening are coming soon.”