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The Candidate Screening Process Explained

Date Published: March 31, 2021 | Last Updated: February 16, 2024 | By Jessica Veal
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As an experienced provider of employment screening services, we act as an extension of the HR function. Our services span both employers and candidates, so we want to ensure we give all parties involved the best experience possible. With this in mind, we’re keen to offer candidates an insight into what to expect when they’re asked to go through a screening process with us.
If you haven’t been through pre-employment screening before, the process might not be clear to you. As a candidate, there are several steps you’ll need to take, and our teams will work with you throughout your screening journey to make it as seamless as possible.
Here, we’d like to talk about how we work with both candidates and employers, and offer up some useful tips on how you can help your screening process run smoothly.

Are you currently undergoing pre-employment screening?

As part of your onboarding, your potential employer has chosen to conduct a background check, which we will facilitate. We’ll assign a dedicated member of the Accurate team to look after you and your screening experience. They’ll help with any questions you might have.

At the start of your background check, the process can sometimes seem daunting. But it’s important to remember employers only undertake pre-employment screening because they really want you to join their team.

How does the screening process work for candidates?

To start the process, HR will select which checks they require us to carry out. These can range from credit checks to criminal record checks, and from employment checks to education checks.
All our services are designed to help employers vouch for the honesty and experience of their employees, protect the security of data and systems, and comply with professional standards.
Once your tailored screening has been initiated, you’ll receive an online screening form and you’ll be asked to authorise us to begin the screening process. You’ll only be asked to provide information relevant to the specific screening requirements for the job you’re applying for.
Responding to the questionnaire promptly will allow us to complete your employment screening checks quickly and effectively. Once this is returned, our teams will work with you to ensure your answers are verified. They may also come back to you to explore some of your answers further, in order to confirm them.
At the end of the process, we provide your employer with a report, which allows them to complete your onboarding.

Ways you can help with the process:
  • Complete and submit your online questionnaire and declaration promptly.
  • Provide full and accurate details throughout the screening process.
  • Respond promptly to any requests for additional information
  • Provide clear, legible copies of any documentation requested.

If you’d like further insights into the screening process and experience for candidates, click here to visit our dedicated webpage. Here, you’ll find further information on data protection, subject access requests, and frequently asked questions.

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