Looking for a company to provide education background checks? Professional education verification services help you confirm that an employment applicant has achieved the needed certificate, diploma, degree or other educational credential. Unfortunately, 70 percent of college students have stated that they would lie on a resume to get the job they want.
*Source: Accu-Screen, Inc., ADP, The Society of Human Resource Managers, 2012.
In light of this statistic, many employers feel that they cannot trust resumes and job applications. When the job market is tight and competition for good jobs is considerable, candidates are more prone to lie so they appear qualified. A job seeker who embellishes a resume or application with falsehoods likely does not meet your job requirements. More importantly, would you want to hire a dishonest candidate?
Confirming Educational Credentials: a Critical Step in Vetting
Education verification of an employment candidate should play a critical role in your vetting process prior to hiring. In too many cases, candidates provide false or incomplete information about their educational histories. A high number of employment applicants admit to “resume padding” — the practice of embellishing or misstating details.
Yet for most types of employment, education constitutes an important consideration in hiring. The type of degree or credential earned, along with educational institution attended, can make the difference as you choose among multiple candidates. That’s one reason why conducting a thorough education verification check is so important. Whether you need to verify a teaching certificate or confirm other credentials, a comprehensive verification:
- • Confirms that an applicant earned the claimed academic certificate, diploma or degree.
- • Reduces time and costs involved in the hiring process by shifting labor-intensive screening tasks to a team of professional investigators
- • Verifies credentials earned from international educational institutions.
- • Exposes fraudulent credentials obtained from diploma mills and other questionable organizations.
- • Creates a better experience for employment candidates, who understand what to expect from the confirmation process.
- • Reduces the chances of costly errors that could result in bad hires.
- • Incorporates reliable research methods to provide complete, fast results.
Working with a professional provider of academic credential and degree verification is one of the simplest methods for reducing the risks posed by poor hiring decisions.
Global Verification Network: the Education Verification Process
Global Verification Network helps you make the right decisions by validating the facts presented by potential candidates. Making a bad hire can be a costly mistake. A background check with education verification helps you put the right person in the right job — from the start.
So, what services does Global Verification Network provide as part of an education verification check? To begin the process, our investigators contact educational institutions to verify any credentials cited by a candidate in a resume or application. During the education verification process, we thoroughly review all information provided by educational institutions, comparing it to the data provided by the candidate. Details reviewed typically include:
- • Name of the educational institution
- • Dates attended
- • Areas of study
- • Degrees or certifications obtained
- • Date of degree or diploma award
- • Credit hours earned, if the candidate did not complete a program
- • Honors connected to the certification, diploma or degree awarded
To perform a thorough verification check, our investigators require information including the candidate’s full name, date of birth and Social Security number. In addition, we use information the candidate provides — including the name, city and state of the institution; dates attended; and credentials earned. If the candidate used a different name while attending the educational institution, our investigators will need that information, as well.
For confirmation of professional licensing credentials, we ask for the name of the organization issuing the credential along with the type and number of the license; the state in which it was issued; the date of issuance; and the expiration date. In rare cases, an educational institution may refuse to release information on a candidate. If such a situation occurs, our investigators can review a copy of a candidate’s diploma, degree or credential to confirm validity.
Many employers are finding that a growing percentage of workers are international. Whether candidates currently live in a country other than the United States or have studied overseas, Global Verification Network can confirm educational information from colleges, universities and other organizations around the world. Our investigators understand the nuances inherent in working with foreign institutions and provide the results you require.
Begin the Verification Process Today
Hiring the wrong job applicant can be a costly mistake. The process of recruiting and training a candidate can cost thousands of dollars, which is wasted if a candidate turns out to be a poor fit for your organization. Bad hires can damage morale among your team members and cause irreparable harm to the reputation of your business. By working with Global Verification Network, you can feel confident that you have accurate, validated information on every employment candidate. To begin the process, please call 855-960-5318 or fill out the form below.