Do your research– Do your research to ensure you are up to date on new processes and procedures in the background screening arena. Visit sites such as www.hr.com to read about industry trends and www.nabps.com to understand the background screening industry.
Update your program– Now is the time to run an audit of your current processes and procedures. Know the types of background components you currently perform and those components that you would like to perform on each role in your organization. It is important to understand any new legislation that has passed and find out which background screening providers have been mired in litigation because of cutting corners. Quality is key when it comes to background screening.
Take a lead role in the RFP process– Don’t allow non-HR units run the entire RFP process. Knowing the level of quality you need and the cost associated with that quality is important when selecting a background screening provider. Remember, quality is key when it comes to background screening. Too many companies run the RFP process as a method to reduce cost when ignoring HOW background checks are performed is more important than the cost of the service. There are entities such as the FCRA and the EEOC that audit the background screening programs of companies to ensure compliant processes are in place. With this in mind, you should do business with a background screening partner that is NAPBS accredited and focuses on quality and compliance.
Create a stakeholder committee– Make sure the decision-making committee is made up of stakeholders from multiple areas of the company. Human Resource and Talent Acquisition leaders are a must but you should include hiring managers from different business units to ensure all needs are being addressed.
Ask for differentiators– Most background screening providers think they do something differently than their competitors. Ask what that differentiator is and make sure it aligns with your philosophy.
Review a sample RFP template– Why re-create the wheel? There are sources that provide templates for RFPs (we’ve attached one for you from www.napbs.com) and this is a great way to build the framework of your RFP.
Remember as you go through the RFP process that it is imperative to work with a quality background screening partner in order to keep your company out of harm’s way. Contact CARCO Group to see how we can help you improve your talent acquisition process (through our HR technology) and reduce risk. 1-866-557-5984 or click here.