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The evolution of background checking

Screening • Aug 12, 2023 1:00:00 PM • Written by: Georgia Reynolds

In this whitepaper, we look at how completing background checks has changed for companies over the years. We also take a look forward at future trends and what companies can do to prepare.

The world is changing rapidly, and the background check industry is no exception. In the
past, background checks were primarily used by employers to verify an applicant's identity,
work history, and criminal record. However, as the world becomes more connected and the
risks associated with hiring become more complex, the future of background checks may
evolve in new and exciting ways.

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One of the biggest trends in the future of background checks is the use of artificial
intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms. With the help of artificial intelligence,
background check companies can quickly and accurately analyse large amounts of data to
identify potential risks and red flags. This can include not only criminal records and
employment history, but also social media profiles, online activity, and other digital

Another trend that could affect the future of background checks is the growing importance
of international screening. With the rise of remote work and a globalized job market,
employers are increasingly looking for overseas talent. This means that background check
companies will be able to verify the information and perform checks in multiple jurisdictions
and languages.

In addition to traditional criminal record checks, employers are also beginning to focus on
other types of risks, such as identity theft, cybersecurity and reputational damage. This
means that background check companies will be able to offer a more comprehensive and
personalized screening approach to meet the specific needs of each employer.

Another trend that could impact the future of background checks is the use of blockchain
technology. Using blockchain, background check companies can create a secure, immutable
ledger of applicant information, making it easier to verify and share information between
multiple parties. This helps reduce the risk of fraud and improves the accuracy of screening

As the world becomes more connected, the risks associated with leasing become more
complex. This means that background check companies must be able to adapt and evolve
to meet the changing needs of employers. This may include the development of new
screening methods, the use of advanced techniques and data analysis, and the integration
of new data sources and validation methods.

One of the most exciting future opportunities for background checks is the ability to use big
data and predictive analytics to identify potential risks before they arise. By analysing large
amounts of data from multiple sources, background check companies can identify patterns
and trends that may indicate a higher likelihood of risky behaviour. This can include
analysing social media profiles, financial records, and other digital fingerprints to identify
potential red flags.

However, as with any new technology, the future of background checks comes with risks and
challenges. One of the biggest concerns is possible to bias and discrimination in the selection
process. This could include unconscious biases in the algorithms used to analyse the data, as
well as deliberate discrimination based on factors such as race, gender or age.

To address these concerns, background check companies must ensure that their screening
processes are fair, and transparent and comply with applicable regulations. This may include the
use of third-party auditors and independent reviews to verify the accuracy and fairness of review

Another challenge for the future of background checks is the need to balance privacy and
security concerns. As background check companies collect and analyse more data on job
applicants, this information could be misused or exposed to hackers or other malicious actors.
This means that background check companies will need to invest in robust cybersecurity
measures to protect sensitive data and ensure candidate privacy.

Another area of innovation for the future of background checks is the development of mobile friendly screening solutions. As more job seekers use mobile devices to apply for jobs and
conduct background checks, background check companies will need to ensure their solutions are
optimised for mobile devices. This can include developing mobile apps, mobile-friendly user
interfaces, and streamlined workflows that are easy to use on smaller screens.

As the global economy becomes increasingly interconnected, the need for cross-border
screening solutions could shape the future of background checks. Employers will need to verify
the identity and background of candidates from various countries, which requires background
check companies to have a solid understanding of the different legal and regulatory frameworks.
This could include the development of dedicated teams to perform international screening and
the integration of new data sources for different countries and regions.

Finally, the future of background checks may be influenced by the growing importance of ethics
and social responsibility. Employers and candidates are increasingly looking for background
check companies that prioritise ethical and sustainable business practices. This means that
background check companies must be transparent about their methods, ensure that their
process is fair and non-discriminatory, and prioritise candidate privacy and security.
In summary, the future of background checks will likely be shaped by a combination of advanced
technology, internationalisation, and a focus on emerging risks.

Despite the challenges and risks associated with these changes, the potential benefits of more
accurate and comprehensive screening are substantial. By embracing new technologies,
employing new screening methods, and prioritising ethical and sustainable business practices,
background check companies can help ensure a safer and more secure global job market. As the
world continues to evolve, background check companies will need to adapt and innovate to
ensure they can meet the changing needs of employers and applicants.

Giant Screening are here to help you get it right

Over 70% of employers are now completing social media checks on all new hires and rescreening annually as part of their ongoing policy so getting it right from a best practice
stance is vital. The social media checks Giant Screening provides are far more advanced
than in-house searches and specifically created to remove the associated risks that basic
in-house research won’t discover. The sophisticated technologies and analysis tools used
by our teams deliver a comprehensive in-depth report designed to remain compliant with
legislation and HR guidelines.

Our service delivers the confidence to employers that all checks are compliant, thorough,
and consistent to support the assessment of their candidates. Building a trusted workforce
has never been easier when partnering with Giant Screening, we are here to help protect
your business and employees with all your screening requirements.

If you have questions about social media checks, please get in touch to explore how we can
support your organisation with our extensive range of employee screening solutions.

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Georgia Reynolds

Marketing Coordinator – Content