International background checks are becoming more commonplace in the business world with international boundaries becoming blurred. Many companies do not know where to begin the process to perform an international background check. Searching the internet you will find many companies that will offer an international background check for a couple hundred dollars claiming they will return the results the same day. The old saying if it sounds too good it probably is. A real international background check will take anywhere from 5 to 15 business days. When looking for a reliable company to perform your international background checks you will want to take a few things into consideration.
- How long has the company been in business?
- Where are they located?
- Do they provide a business address?
- Can you reach the company by phone?
- Is the company listed in the internet phone directories?
- Have there been any complaints with the BBB?
Once you have verified they are a real company you will want to ask about the sources they obtain their information from. Never work with a company if they tell you they use a database there is no international database available to the general public that can be accessed to perform an international background check. The majority of the background check information will come from local police and local courts some countries will have a national repository that will provide a national criminal check using a special release that is provided or approved by the repository.
Available countries and report pricing the company should be able to provide you with a coverage matrix providing the available countries, requirements, average turnaround time, the source information is obtained from and pricing. If the company cannot provide you with this information this will be a red flag.
After establishing the company is legitimate most companies will have you sign a user agreement this typically does not lock you into any length of time the company will be collecting information to verify your company is who you say you are. They will most likely want a copy of your business license or papers of incorporation. Many companies will not provide reports to a home based business or individual.
The last important thing is how do you place your orders and retrieve the results. Many companies will have online internet ordering. If the company only works with faxing this can be a problem if you order several reports a week. Before signing the company user agreement have them walk you through their web ordering site. You will want to make sure it is a user friendly wizard style ordering platform that you can upload documents such as releases or any required diplomas when verifying education. Also it will be good to have a status report to review the outstanding orders.
Conclusion: Make sure you are comfortable with the company; perform your due diligence. Make sure the web ordering website suits your companies’ needs and the customer service is easily reached and responds to your questions and concerns in a timely manner. Obtaining International background checks should be an easy process.
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