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Top 7 Background Screening Trends & Technologies in 2024

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The background check is undergoing a rapid evolution.

Reason? Technological advancements, changing priorities, and a dynamic regulatory environment.

Now, more than ever before, we’re seeing a convergence of these factors shaping the way background check operates.

In this blog, we’ll explore some key background screening trends and technologies.

So, let’s get started!

Top Background Screening Trends and Technologies in 2024

1. Automated Background Check

What’s the main objective of background verification? To make it efficient and accurate, right?

Automated background verification does the same!

It involves either specialized automation tools or intelligent automation.

Either way, the automation tool is integrated with other HRTech solutions, including ATS or HRMS.

Automated background checks can involve technologies such as,

  • AI technologies such as NLP, Computer Vision, OCR, and intelligent document processing to process unstructured documents and extract data from them.
  • RPA or intelligent automation for data extraction, comparison, and migration through software bots.
  • Blockchain to securely store, share, and validate information provided by applicants.

2. Blockchain-based Verifiable Credentials

A blockchain-based credential is the future of identity!

Verifiable credentials use blockchain technology to let people own and manage their accomplishments securely.

They’re like sealed envelopes of data, signed by trusted sources, and anyone with permission can check them.

From candidates to employers, it offers numerous benefits, such as –

  • The blockchain technology ensures the credentials are tamper-proof and verifiable.
  • Employers can instantly check the authenticity of a candidate’s credentials with a few clicks, saving time and resources.
  • With reliable and verifiable information, employers can make better-informed hiring decisions based on actual skills and achievements, not just resumes.
  • The tamper-proof nature of the blockchain minimizes the risk of fake credentials and improves overall hiring confidence.

Here is an image of a blockchain-based verifiable credential portal, which we implemented for one of our clients to provide a frictionless experience for exchanging trusted employment & professional career data.

Blockchain-based verifiable credentials

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3. Continuous Criminal Record Checks

Traditional background checks typically only provide an overview of a candidate’s criminal history at the time the check is conducted.

But what happens if someone commits a crime after they’ve been hired?

That’s where Continuous Criminal Record Check comes in.

This background screening trend is a technology-driven approach that continuously monitors criminal databases and other relevant sources for real-time updates on a candidate’s background.

This means that any new arrests, convictions, or changes in legal status are immediately flagged into the system.

4. Social Media Screening

Social Media Screening

Another background check trend is social media screening, which is becoming a hot topic in the world of background screening.

Despite this, according to survey findings, “One in 10 (10%) North American companies conduct social media checks as part of their pre-employment screening program—up from 6% in last year’s survey—and there are even higher rates of adoption in APAC (17%) and the EMEA (20%) this year.” (Source)

Analyzing social media footprint enables a more comprehensive understanding of a candidate beyond traditional resume and reference checks.

In addition, examining online interactions and content can provide insights into a candidate’s values, communication style, and overall personality.

This can help assess cultural fit within the organization!

5. Cybersecurity Screening

“The average ransom in 2023 was $1.54 million, which is almost double the 2022 figure of $812,380.” (Source)

Data breaches and cyberattacks are increasing at a rapid pace.

Cybersecurity screening involves checking whether the applicant has had any involvement, whether direct or indirect, in cyber attacks or data breaches in their prior employment.

6. Digital Transformation in Background Screening

There’s no doubt that a large portion of HR processes have been digitized in the past few years.

This digital transformation is transforming how HR teams operate and hire people.

There are many examples where streamlining HR workflows can improve communication, reduce costs, and accelerate background screening.

Here are a few of them.

  • Automation of several stages of background screening, from data collection to report generation.
  • Leverage data analytics tools to analyze vast amounts of information quickly.
  • Online consent forms, electronic signatures, and self-service portals help candidates to complete required documentation conveniently and securely.
  • Encryption, multi-factor authentication, and secure data storage protocols to help protect sensitive information from unauthorized access or cyber threats.

7. Effective Background Checks for a Global Workforce

Companies are increasingly hiring talent from across the globe.

This brings unique challenges for conducting effective background checks due to varying data privacy laws, language barriers, and complex legal systems.

However, many HRTech solutions help streamline and enhance your global background check process.

This mainly includes,

  • Automated data verification to save time and ensure consistent accuracy.
  • AI tools to analyze data for inconsistencies and anomalies.
  • Real-time data monitoring to stay updated on any emerging risks.
  • Automated consent management tools to streamline the process and ensure compliance with data privacy regulations.

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