TestCountry Drug Testing & Background Screening Services
TestCountry is now proud to offer background screening services to companies, institutions, non-profits and other entities.
All packages can be combined with drug testing. We are proud to offer tools to help with all your pre-employment needs. The background screening services are user friendly, secure, and have a quick turnaround time. The results for most background screening services are instant and if you also choose to combine these services with drug testing your results will be available in approximately 24-48 business hours.
At TestCountry, we offer background screening services that are ideal for private-owned companies, non-profit organizations, publicly owned for-profit organizations, and government sectors.
The background screening services are designed to pre-screen job applicants via a comprehensive employment background screening, as well as drug screening. They include SSN trace and aliases using a nationwide criminal database, an SOR (sex offender registry) search, a watch list global criminal search that provides an instant database search on individuals involved in terrorist activities, money laundering, illegal imports, fraud against government agencies, violations of federal banking regulations and fugitives from justice. All packages can be combined with drug testing to comply with your drug-free environment policy.
The pre employment drug screening is capable of detecting usage of the most commonly abused substances like Amphetamines, Cocaine, Opiates, PCP and Marijuana. A MRO (Medical Review Officer who is a medical doctor and an expert in the substance abuse field) will review any drug screenings with positive results.
Employee Background Checks, Employee Screening, Criminal Background Check, and Drug Testing
Hiring an employee doesn't start and end with reading the person's résumé and conducting one-on-one interviews. As the workforce and the business industries become increasingly competitive, more and more employers are making employee background checks a requisite in their pre-employment procedures.
There are several good reasons why employers demand for employment screenings, such as:
- To confirm whether or not an employee matches the qualifications of the position.
- To determine potential safety risks including threats to physical safety and the security of information the employee might handle in the workplace.
- To check an employee's personality traits that may be beneficial or detrimental in the workplace.
Employee background check can be done by a screening company or by the potential employer. The types of pre employment screening that are typically conducted these days include criminal background checks, credit background checks, drug testing, character reference check, and employment history check, to name a few.
On the other hand, while employment backgrounds checks or background investigations are permitted in most states, every employer must understand that they do not have unlimited rights to explore an applicant's background and personal life. Consulting a professional corporate lawyer would help if you are not sure what type of pre employment background checks are acceptable and up to what extent you can use the results when making hiring decisions.
Generally, the amount of information enclosed on employment background checks largely depends on the sensitivity of the reason for which it is conducted. Among them include:
- Criminal, arrest, incarceration, and sex offender records
- Citizenship, immigration, or legal working status
- Driving and vehicle records
- Drug tests
- Litigation records
- Education records
- Employment records
- Financial information
- Licensing records
- Medical, Mental, and Physiological evaluation and records
- Military records
- Social Security Number
For more detailed information and comparison of background services please visit Background Screening Benefits & Terminology page.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of drug screening options available?
Depending on your request hair, urine or saliva drug testing kits are available.
- What is the pricing for background screening?
To get a price quote please fill out the contact form for the package you are interested in. Our pricing is based off of the approximate usage per month and is re-evaluated on a quarterly basis. We also have bundling pricing available if you are interested in both background screening in combination with urine drug testing.
- How long does it take to obtain the result on the background and drug testing screenings?
For our Basic, Regular and Premium Background Screening and Background package Bundle with Urine Drug Test, the turnaround time is approximately 1-3 business days. If you have a Urine Drug Screen only package, Results are available in approximately 24-48 business hours.
- Can I change the background screening package if I later decide to go with a different package deal?
Yes, you are able to change the package you have set up. You would need to contact your account manager and we would be able to provide you with the new pricing information and update your account to reflect the change. Please note this process does take time to update so please inform us in advance.
- What information do you need in order to get my account set up?
When you fill out the contact form for the package deal you are interested in an account representative will contact you and get the needed information. This will include the package you are interested in, if you are looking to combine the service with drug screening, an approximate average of usage per month, and the contact information such as phone number, name, and email address.
- How long does it take for my account to get set up?
Once an account representative contacts you and obtains the needed information we will have you fill out an invoicing agreement and a background screening agreement. Once these agreements have been received your account will be set up in approximately 5-7 business days.
- Once my account is set up when can I begin the screenings?
Once your account is set up you will go through a brief overview of how your account works and how to submit the information for the background screening. If you combine your services with drug testing you will also be informed of how this process works. Once you have gone through this brief training session you will be able to begin using your services.
- How can I contact you regarding any other questions related to background screening?
You can email to email@example.com or call us at Toll-free (1) 800-656-0745
What is Background Screening?
Background screening is when you check someone's personal history to ensure they are a good fit for a job or for some other role.
When you check someone's background, you look at:
+ whether they have any criminal convictions,
+ whether they are registered on any watch lists (sex offender registries, etc) or
+ whether they have any warrants out for their arrest domestically or internationally.
+ All of TestCountry's background screening services include drug testing unless you request that it not be included.
Why Check Someone's Background?
Background checks are important for maintaining workplace safety. Someone with a record of violent behavior might not be a good fit for your office or someone who has been registered as a sex offender might not be able to work with certain groups of people like children.
It's also a way for you as a company to perform your due diligence to ensure the safety of your customers, clients, employees and other stakeholders in your company. If you hire a dangerous person and that person ends up harming someone in your organization, your company might be held liable for their actions if you did not perform your due diligence in checking the person's history.
What is Checked in a Background Screening?
There are various levels to background screenings. The most thorough background screenings will check the following:
+ Drug Testing
+ Nationwide Criminal with Social Security Number Trace and Alias
+ Sex Offender Registry
+ Global Criminal Watch List
+ National Federal Criminal
+ Nationwide Wants and Warrants
Background Screening Benefits & Terminology
Years ago, the procedures for hiring an employee usually begin with interviewing an applicant and end in deliberating who stood out during the interview process. Today companies are becoming more stringent, utilizing diverse and sophisticated selection tools to identify the best candidates and eliminate those who do not fit the bill. The types of checks that are now being conducted include employment references, character reference check, gaps in employment history, credit history, education verification, psychological profiling, and criminal history reports.
Among the many types of employment tests present these days, criminal background check, is without doubt, the most commonly used employment selection process used by many business companies. This is, after all, a good way to assess whether or not you're choosing the right candidate for the position, as well as making sure that the hired applicant is going to be a true asset in your business.
There are several good reasons why more and more companies are requiring criminal background screening, such as:
- To ensure a safe and work environment for employees
- To reduce legal liability for negligent hiring
- To reduce/prevent theft, embezzlement, and other criminal activities
- To comply with applicable State law requiring a background check
- To assess the overall trustworthiness of the job candidate
- To check for potential discipline problems
- To verify application information and reveal lies in resumes or CVs
- To reduce insurance costs
Things That Employers Look For In A Background Check
Conducting background checks can be quite expensive - not to mention, time-consuming. The employer practically covers all of the expenses that are associated with every test that is required of a potential employee. Among the things that employers typically look for in a background check include the following:
- Discrepancies. Background checks allow employers to find out discrepancies between what an applicant claims on his/her CV and what is reported by schools or previous employers. The discrepancies are likely to come out during Employment or Education Verification.
- Negative Reports. Many employers also look for negative reports that involve the job applicant. This is to determine whether or not the applicant may have the potential to show discipline problems or negative behavior in the course of his/her stay with the company. Driving record, Drug or Alcohol problems, or a criminal history is among those that employers would likely to look out for in this stage.
- Honesty and Integrity. Your background check result can spell the difference between what you claim and what your actual references claim. Employers want to know whether the people they are hiring possess the kind of character they introduce during the initial interview.
The Pros And Cons Of Background Screening
Just like every other test procedures, employee background checks also have their share of advantages and disadvantages - both on the part of the employee and the employer.
- A properly carried out background check protects an employer against possible lawsuits in the future.
- It increases applicant quality.
- It helps decrease workplace violence.
- It helps discover drug or alcohol problems in applicants.
- It encourages employees to live a drug-free lifestyle.
- It increases employee productivity.
- Background checks are expensive and consume too much time.
- Inability to deal with private information and data in a responsible manner can result in penalties for the employer.
- Some employees feel that the process is an invasion of privacy.
- Background checks reveal information that a potential employee is not comfortable disclosing to the employer.
Although criminal background checks are permitted in many states, it is important for employers to understand that they do not have unlimited rights to explore an applicant's background and personal life. Consulting a professional corporate lawyer would help if you are not sure what type of pre employment background checks are acceptable and up to what extent you can use the results when making hiring decisions.
Background Check - refers to the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records of an individual. This procedure is commonplace in the work environment.
Criminal Background Check - this type of background check involves the process of digging an individual's criminal records. There are several types of criminal record searches available to employers; however, the best way to conduct an accurate background check is to go directly through the state. If you are requesting a background check for employment or licensing within the U.S., you may be required by state statute or federal law to submit your request through your state identification bureau, the requesting federal agency, or another authorized channeling agency.
Litigation Records - some employers may want to identify potential employees who routinely file discrimination lawsuits. It has also been alleged that in the U.S., employers that do work for the government do not like to hire whistleblowers who have a history of filing qui tam suits.
Financial Information Checks - this normally include checking of credit scores, liens, civil judgments, bankruptcy, and tax information may be included in the report. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) employers must obtain an employee's written consent before seeking an employee's credit report. If an employer decides not to hire or promote someone based on information in the credit report, the employer must provide a copy of the report and let the applicant know of his or her right to challenge the report under the FCRA.
Sex Offender Registry - this is one of the areas explored during criminal background screening to determine whether or not an applicant has been involved in any activities of sex offenders.
Academic Record - Aka Cumulative Record File, CRF, Permanent Record, Record or, most commonly, Transcript, it is a copy of a student's permanent academic record, which usually means all courses taken, all grades received, all honors received and degrees conferred to a student. For the purposes of background screening, checking a potential employee's academic record ensures that that person actually completed all the courses and received all the certificates that he or she alleges.
American With Disabilities Act - A law that states employers cannot discriminate against employees or potential employees based on disabilities and when conducting a background screening, restricts the use of medical or disability data in the hiring process.
Background Check - The process of looking up and compiling criminal records, commercial records and financial records of an individual or an organization.
Background Checking Company - A company that specializes in performing background checks on people. An organization can hire one of these companies and outsource their background screening process to them for a fee.
Credit History/Record/Report/Reputation/Score - A report on the history of a person's ability and willingness to pay back loans that have been granted to that person. If a person makes timely payments and pays off loans, then he or she will have good credit and if they have many late payments or outstanding debts that they are not paying off, they will have bad credit.
Criminal Record - A record of a person's criminal history, generally used to assess a person's trustworthiness. The information included in a criminal record varies between countries and even between jurisdictions within a country. In most cases it lists all non-expunged criminal offenses and may also include traffic offenses such as speeding and drunk-driving. In some countries the record is limited to actual convictions (where the individual has pleaded guilty or been declared guilty by a qualified court) while in others it also includes arrests, charges dismissed, charges pending and even charges of which the individual has been acquitted.
Driving Record - Aka Driving Abstract, it is a history of all accidents, tickets and anything else related to a potential employee's driving background. Obtaining a driving record is especially important in jobs that involve driving.
Drug Test - A test that usually uses urine, saliva or hair to determine (in the case of urine and saliva) if a person has recently done drugs and (in the case of hair) if a person has done drugs within the past few months.
Fair Credit Reporting Act - In the USA, a law that states that businesses are required to have employees sign a disclosure form granting authorization to perform a background check, including credit reports and all other "consumer reports." Laws will vary from state to state in how and what information can be used during the pre-employment screening process.
Negligent Hiring - The act of hiring an employee without performing due diligence when conducting a background screening of that employee, especially if the employee's actions on the job injure someone in some way, and it is found that that employee had a record that could have been checked and alerted the employer to potential danger. For example, if an employer hires an employee to run heavy equipment but that employee has had several DUI convictions and was fired from his last job for being drunk, the employer would be guilty of negligent hiring. If the employer had checked the background of that employee, the employer would have been alerted to the potential dangers of hiring that particular employee likely would not have hired him.
Negligent-Hiring Lawsuit - Litigation brought against an employer if it is suspected that that employer did not perform due diligence in doing a background screening on an employee prior to hiring that employee.
Personal Reference - Aka character reference, it is a reference provided by an individual who knows a potential employee and can vouch for that person's character and abilities.
Pre-Employment Screening - The act of performing a background check on potential employees prior to making a decision on whether to hire or not.
Psychometric Testing - Testing that measures attributes of a person that are not easily quantifiable like personality, intelligence, attitude, beliefs and motivation. They include: include personality profiles, reasoning tests, motivation questionnaires, and ability assessments. These tests try to provide objective data for otherwise subjective measurements.
- Interest tests measure how people differ in their motivation, values, and opinions in relation to their interests.
- Personality tests measure how people differ in their style or manner of doing things, and in the way they interact with their environment and other people.
- Aptitude tests measure how people differ in their ability to perform or carry out different tasks.
Workers' Compensation - A form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for negligence. A background screening might involve looking at how many workers' compensation claims a person has had in the past.
Employee Background Checks Help You Make Informed Decisions
Indeed, your business is a serious matter for you. And when it comes to hiring employees, any business owner would agree that the “right” candidate is not only skills-specific competent but also maintains good character. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Can you really tell if the job applicant has been involved with felony charges in the past by just interviewing him/her?
- Can you detect whether or not a person is taking or has the potential to take or abuse drugs/alcohol by simply observing how s/he conducts himself/herself during a job interview?
The sad truth is, unless you do a background check or a criminal background check before signing up an employee there is no way you can determine whether or not the individual’s CV or personal claims are 100% true.
Nowadays, more organizations are treading the safe side when it comes to hiring employees. Background checks and criminal background checks have become commonplace in the workforce. For employers, this strategy assures them of hiring only the best and eliminates dealing with any future behavior problems.
Knowing the past of a potential employee is also fundamental to the progress of your business. Just imagine the risk you have to take when you hire someone by just relying on the job interview and CV of the person. As an employer, you have to know whether or not you can trust the employee and can delegate him/her tasks that impacts the flow of your business.
There are services – such as the one offered on TestCountry – that are specifically designed to find out the past of a job candidate in terms of their previous work experience, arrest warrants, felony charges, or credit card records. Background checks and criminal background checks dig deep into a person’s past to help you make informed decision.
According to the AMA 2004 Workplace Testing Survey: Medical Testing, the results of medical exams including drug testing are used by the employers in a variety of employment decisions.
- 53.5% for decisions about hiring job applicants
- 37% for retaining or dismissing employees
- 8.5% for assigning or reassigning employees
Furthermore, background checks are ideal for making sure that the workplace is drug or alcohol-free. Likewise, it gives you a great peace of mind knowing that employees are performing well in their jobs. In return, employees who work in a safe and happy environment are guaranteed to have increased motivation and productivity.
If you decide to conduct a background check to your job applicants, go for background services that are reputable and reliable. They are likely to provide you with detailed information in a rapid manner. Background screening like that offered on Testcountry include drug testing, searches on nationwide criminal with SSN trace and aliases, searches on Sex Offender Registry and so forth.