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International Background Checks by Certn

January 19th, 2023

Background Checks, Background Screening

2 min read

So you're running a global business. This means you have international hiring laws and background screening policies to comply with. Maybe you’re not fully global yet, but the employees you’re hiring are. Don't let the international background check hurdles get in your way of hiring the perfect candidates.

It’s vital that you conduct thorough background screening to reduce company exposure to fraud or misrepresentation. Don’t worry, international background screening isn’t as complicated as it may sound. In fact, at Certn, we’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring background checks don't suck, even global ones. Let us guide you through what to consider when running international background checks.

International Background Check for Employment

According to a leading UK background screening provider, 48% of businesses have encountered a candidate misrepresenting their degree qualifications. This is why it's crucial to conduct thorough background screening and run international background checks when you think you've found the perfect candidate. 

Background checks are your first line of defence. They can help you make informed decisions when hiring personnel that will be responsible for your company capital, company assets, and workforce. They also help you get a more complete picture of your candidate by verifying the information they’re provided is true. This is important in assessing whether the candidate is qualified and right for the role. It’s also important if you’re unlikely to meet in-person if you’re leading international hiring for a remote workforce.

International screening can seem intimidating at first, but it's nowhere near as intimidating as a negligent hiring lawsuit. With Certn’s help, we can guide you through how to order international background checks from over 200 countries and territories so you have one less thing to worry about and can focus on getting the right candidate.

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Different Kinds of International Background Checks

Trends like globalization, outsourcing, and the rise of flexible work arrangements due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to businesses hiring combinations of international and local workers. Some workplaces, like ours, are mostly remote.

That is why at Certn, our background screening services are available on a global scale. The kind of information you want to see will dictate what kind of screening product you choose

The good news is that many services we offer in North America are also available globally. These include products like:

  • Criminal record checks
  • Identity verification
  • Education verification
  • Employment verification
  • Credential verification
  • Reference checks

Another benefit of working with Certn is that our experts can help you understand the consolidated reports that show up in your platform. For example, not all countries report crimes that are less serious such as misdemeanors. Therefore, we can help you by recommending other verifications as part of a thorough background screening program to get you the job-specific information you need.

Compliant Background Checks

A challenge in global background screening is the complexity of foreign laws, which is why working with a provider like Certn gives you extra peace of mind. Certn is SOC 2-, SOC-3, and ISO 27001-certified and we adhere to Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards so your background checks are compliant.

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How Long Does an International Background Check Take?

As a business, you’re liable for what your employees do or say while they’re working for you, so it’s a good practice to ensure you trust them. Criminal record checks will alert you of a potential employee’s criminal history, whereas public records searches (if permitted in your jurisdiction) can scan public information across over 200,000 global databases and flag any mentions on watchlists, sanctions lists, sex offender registries, court records, news reports, and more.

Better International Hiring

If you’re ready to take advantage of Certn’s comprehensive international services, create an account and get started for free or request a demo to talk to one of our experts. Our team will work with you to understand your specific needs and provide customized screening solutions to meet your organization's unique requirements.

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