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How To Select A Background Screening Firm

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) offers the following chart to help employers identify accredited quality background firms and avoid firms offering a "knock-off service" where the employer is not receiving the professional services they deserve. Employers need to be aware of the difference between firms that are mere data vendors and a firm like ESR that offers professional services as a Safe Hiring Partner (SHP). By choosing a company like ESR that is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), employers know they have selected a background screening firm that meets the highest industry standards. Below are links to information about background screening as well as 45 questions to ask a background screening firm.

45 Questions to Ask a Background Screening Firm

(Download PDF Version of Questions)


NOTEEmployers should very carefully consider the dangers of using a screening firm that utilizes at home operators for domestic verifications or sends your data off-shore for processing.   Such a practice puts the employer at risk.  Do you want your job applicant's personal and private information spread out in living rooms, kitchen tables and dorms across America, or available to off-shore operator beyond the reach of US privacy laws, not to mention the lack of quality control and standards.  Employers are strongly advised to avoid the use of screening firms who are willing to sacrifice quality and privacy just to increase their profits at your expense. ESR does NOT send U. S. applicant information outside of the U.S. for processing.  Once data leaves the U.S., the data is beyond the reach of U.S. privacy laws and there is  no meaningful privacy protections.  ESR believes that firms that send data outside the U.S. put applicants and employers at great risk, for no other reason then to make a little more money.  In some countries, it is a well known fact that U.S. identities are stolen and used for identity theft.  As a practical matter, someone in the U.S. has no ability to hire a lawyer in a foreign country to pursue legal action or contact a foreign police authority to get any action taken.  The only exception is where ESR is asked to perform an international verification and the information resides outside of the U.S.  Even in that situation, ESR goes to great length to protect applicant data. by going directly to the school or employer.  If it is necessary to have a researcher do research in a foreign country, ESR only releases the minimum information absolutely necessary.  Countries where a researcher may be needed are identified as Red Zone Countries by ESR.


ESR strongly advises all employers to ask a screening firm if they send data outside of the U.S. and to seriously consider the dangers to their hiring processes and to their applicants.

Certified with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners ESR's SOC 2 Audit Report confirms it meets high standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for protecting customer information PCI-DDS Compliance Privacy Shield Framework Services Perfromed in the USA Safe Hiring Manual Founding Member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners