Background Investigations

Background Investigations

The Employment Management Association estimates approximately 52% of all applications contain misrepresented information regarding past employment, and over 80% of the time education information is misrepresented.

In today’s business environment, Human Resource personnel, managers, and executives need to make informed decisions when evaluating employee applicants. The most neglected tool in personnel selection is the background investigation. Ever increasing technology has expanded the amount of information available regarding applicants. Does your hiring staff have the knowledge, time, and resources required to locate and thoroughly evaluate this information?

PLE consultants utilize a combination of professional interviewing skills and on-line data retrieval to meet your background screening requirements. We know how to quickly and efficiently obtain the information you require.

Background packages, suitable for different levels of employment, can be developed specifically for your company. Our consultants will work directly with your company to design the content of the specific packages you require. After determining what your specific background packages should include, our consultants will develop a cost-effective price structure to meet your needs. Listed below are three examples of packages normally considered for each level of employment:

Entry Level: This level of investigation is typically used for entry-level or hourly positions in your company. Searches of criminal/arrest records, driving history, and workers’ compensation history are routinely accomplished for this level.

Mid Level: A more comprehensive review of the applicant’s past employment history and electronic records. This package is typically used for mid-level management or supervisory positions. Searches of criminal/arrest records, driving history, workers’ compensation history, and credit history are routinely accomplished in this package. Past employer reference interviews should also be accomplished. Depending on the degree of responsibility or technical knowledge the position requires, you should consider verifying education or training and checking personal references.

Executive Level: Upper-management applicants, whose credentials, past performance, and experience are vital to the prospective employer, require a more comprehensive background. Searches of criminal/arrest records, driving history, workers’ compensation history, credit history, employer and personal reference interviews, and education verification should be accomplished for this level. If the individual is being considered for a partner or shareholder position, you should consider a more in-depth look at their personal and financial reliability.

PLE Group utilizes a wide variety of database searches, both subscription-based and open source, as well as the experienced investigators to review and analyze the information obtained. Many background check companies offer “background checks” that begin and end with simple database searches performed by administrative personnel; not experienced investigators. PLE Group’s background investigations only begin with the database searches we obtain. Once obtained, PLE Group begins the investigative activity.

Information we can obtain includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1)    Social Security Number Verification

2)    Criminal Records History

3)    Sexual Offenses

4)    Credit Reports Header or Full Credit Report (with authorization)

5)    Employment Verification

6)    Education Verification

7)    Motor Vehicle Records

8)    Concealed Carry Permits

9)    Bankruptcies, Liens & Judgments

PLE Group investigators can interview references, former employers, neighbors or anyone else as required by our client. At the end of each background investigation, an investigator will communicate the results of the background investigation verbally as well as providing the written report.

Turn-Around Time

The turn-around time for performing a background investigation is typically between 1-3 business days, depending on the services requested. If the client needs a quicker turn-around, PLE Group will meet most any reasonable deadline set by the client.

Our Goal

  • Ultimately, our goal is to make accurate, relevant information available for you in a timely manner. This will allow you to screen-out unqualified applicants before investing additional, unnecessary time and administrative expenses and to quickly identify the qualified applicant(s).
  • Provide a single point of contact, client relationship manager who will team with you to develop business solutions and resolve any issues that may arise.
  • Provide accurate and detailed billing information customized to your requirements and billing cycles.