Ever since the tragic events of 9/11, companies across the U.S. have decided to employ Background Screenings from the FBI as an added precaution in the hiring process.

Although these tend to be highly accurate in terms of identification, they are not reliable enough for companies to make responsible hiring decisions because there are too many loose ends. FBI Background Checks use a “database only” system that merely provides the information that is entered by the individual states.

FBI Background Screenings lack imperative information, often citing the alleged crime or arrest of which a person has been accused without providing the outcome. That means that an excessively large number of job applicants are being disqualified based on dated and/or inaccurate information. The purpose of a Background Screening is to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on an applicant including the verdicts of the accusations or the possible pending statuses. The FBI relies on the individual states to supply the records and information in its database, therefore, the database is only updated when the states enter the new information. The problem with this system of Background Check data gathering is the lack of regular information updates by the states. Additionally, the turn around time for data retrieval varies by state. For some, this information can be gathered in a few hours and for others, it can take years. The burden of disproving a failed background check through the FBI database usually falls on the applicant who not only must prove that the records are incorrect, but also, must discover what crime may have disqualified him since the applicant is rarely provided with his screening results.

Accurate and timely records are paramount in the world of Background Screenings and that is why a sole reliance on database-only searches provides skewed and inaccurate results. To learn more, read the original article here.