Why education and employment verifications are crucial
It’s estimated that 46% of resumes include at least one discrepancy between the information provided by the applicant and what the employer turns up during a background check
One of the key areas of deception on an application or resume is the overstatement of educational achievements and/or employment history. AccuSource’s team of highly trained verifiers reaches out to former employers to obtain the maximum amount of information to support client defined screening questions. Additionally, AccuSource also verifies stated education directly with the institution whenever possible to help ensure maximum accuracy. As a leading employment and education verification company, AccuSource goes the extra mile to provide you with the critical information you need in order to make informed hiring decisions.
Our verification services check and confirm:
- Names and dates of past employers
- Positions held
- Degrees and Certificates earned
- Major Studies
- Military service
- Professional references
Education & Employment Verification Services
Verifies a person’s educational history to aid in identifying candidates who falsify or overstated academic credentials. Information obtained can include: type of degree, attendance, date of graduation, major studies, GPA and degree earned.
Corroborates a person’s past and/or present work experience to validate and confirm applicant stated employment history. Information can include dates of employment, position, salary, reason for leaving, eligibility for rehire, disciplinary action taken, dependability, and general work duties.
Confirms the status of a professional license or certification. This verification product is commonly required for healthcare, education, technology, and other regulated professions. Information can include: type, status, expiration, and any relevant restrictions.
Confirms the status of active and reserve military personnel in the Military Record Repository database, through Veterans Administration hospitals, or by a DD214 Form. Information can include occupational specialty, ranks, awards, and active duty start date and end date.
Seeks answers to client-approved questions from the applicant’s professional contacts. The purpose of the professional reference check is to investigate an applicant’s character and work ethic. Information sought can include reliability, team performance, trustworthiness and overall fitness for the position sought. Clients may choose from a bank of standard questions or request custom questions specific to their needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Diploma Mill?
A diploma mill (also known as a degree mill) is a company or organization that claims to be a higher education institution but provides illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. These degrees may claim to give credit for relevant life experience, but should not be confused with legitimate prior learning assessment programs. They may also claim to evaluate work history or require submission of a thesis or dissertation for evaluation to give an appearance of authenticity. Diploma mills are frequently supported by accreditation mills, set up for the purpose of providing an appearance of authenticity. The term may also be used pejoratively to describe an accredited institution with low academic admission standards and a low job placement rate. An individual may or may not be aware that the degree they have obtained is not wholly legitimate. In either case, legal issues can arise if the qualification is used in résumés.
What are some common Employment Verification questions asked of a previous employer?
During the employment verification process, a series of questions chosen by the prospective employer will be asked of the previous employer be a member of our verifications team. Some common questions include:
- Was the candidate employed there?
- What were the dates of employment?
- What position did the candidate hold?
- Is the candidate eligible for rehire?
- What are the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses?
What is included in military records?
Military personnel records are primarily administrative records and can contain information such as:
- duty stations and assignments
- training, qualifications, performance
- awards and medals
- disciplinary actions
- emergency data
- administrative remarks
- separation/discharge/retirement (including DD Form 214, Report of Separation, or equivalent)
- and other personnel actions.
Detailed information about the veteran’s participation in military battles and engagements is NOT contained in the record.
How do you check professional references?
Professional references are provided by the candidate, including contact information (phone number and/or email). Our verifications team will make a series of attempts to contact the reference using this contact information in order to ask the professional reference questions provided by the client and record the answers. We have found that contacting the reference via phone is the most reliable way to get the information required.
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