You're probably thinking, "This is weird. An employee background check company is telling me that I shouldn't buy from them?"
Here's the thing: employee screening companies aren't one-size-fits-all. Good Egg isn't right for every organization under the sun. Nor is every organization under the sun a good candidate for us.
We hate wasting people's time, so here's a good way to self-identify whether Good Egg is the right fit for your organization, or if it makes sense to go with one of our competitors.
1. You're focused on price, price, baby.
Pricing always plays a role when it comes to business decisions, but if it's the biggest factor in your background check decision—and if you're only interested in the cheapest rates—then Good Egg isn't for you.
Keep in mind, though, that cheaper doesn't mean better. Quality background checks cost more because they're more thorough and, as a result, more accurate. At Good Egg, we care about accuracy. We want to provide background checks that allow hiring managers to make informed decisions. Does that cost a little more? You bet. And it's worth it.
2. You haven't read this article from BuzzFeed News.
We used to think BuzzFeed was just for memes, listicles, and funny articles. Turns out, BuzzFeed has a respected news division with serious investigative chops, as evidenced by this well-researched article a BuzzFeed journalist wrote about one of our competitors.
It was a damning piece, but an important piece since it highlighted a big issue in the background check industry: speed vs. accuracy.
So many background check vendors tout speed and "turnaround time." We understand why: empty seats mean decreased productivity. But the cost of bad hire will absolutely cost your company much more. So, yeah, fast turnarounds matter. But accuracy matters more.
But here's the dirty secret too many other screening vendors don't want you to know: accuracy takes time. It takes knowledgeable people who can answer questions on your timetable (and, ideally, in a time zone that makes sense for your business). At Good Egg, we strive to provide fast turnarounds, but we won't sacrifice accuracy for speed. So if speed is the only thing that matters to you, we're not the employee screening partner for you.
3. You think basic verifications and criminal background checks give hiring managers the info they need.
Employee/education verifications coupled with criminal background checks have been the gold standard in background check "packages" for years. If you're comfortable sticking with the status quo, then it might not be necessary to make any changes. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?
But if you want to bring your employee screening process into the 21st century, then keep on reading. Because at Good Egg, we think a person's present and future behaviors are just as important—if not more important—than a person's past, which is why we advocate for additional screenings, like social media screenings and ongoing monitoring.
With these screenings, you get a more complete picture of job applicants and current employees. And better applicant/employee insights lead to safer and more productive workforces.
4. You're not interested in being on a first-name basis with your employee screening vendor.
You have enough names to remember, enough emails to respond to, enough phone calls to return, enough meetings to attend. In fact, if you find yourself saying, "I just want everyone to leave me alone," then this point likely applies to you.
It's understandable, too, given how much you juggle day-to-day. The last thing you need is someone from your background check company calling you, right?
If that's indeed the case, then Good Egg definitely isn't for you. See, each of our customers has a dedicated account representative who is proactive. They'll often phone you to simply check in or to make suggestions for streamlining hiring workflows. Not to mention they're always responsive when you have questions or need their help. You'll definitely end up on a first-name basis with them. (But don't worry: you won't need to send them a holiday card!)
5. You're not worried about compliance.
Certain industries, like transportation, have stringent requirements when it comes to compliance. If you're in an industry that doesn't have any real regulations per se, then you might feel it's OK to risk working with a vendor that doesn't pay much attention to compliance issues.
Here's the thing, though: no industry or company can completely escape compliance. And the big problem is you can't know what you don't know. For example, the laws regarding look-back periods for criminal record checks vary state to state. Working with a vendor that isn't buttoned up when it comes to compliance could result in pricey consequences. At Good Egg, we love working with clients who appreciate the efforts we put into ensuring compliance.
6. Accreditations don't impress you much.
We, too, are often skeptical of so-called industry certifications and accreditations because there are just so many of them out there. What if any ol' biz can "get certified"? Or what if a company can (wink, wink) "pay to play"? What good does that do anyone?
While we can't speak for every so-called certification under the sun, we can speak to the rigor involved with accreditation through the National Association of Professional Background Screeners. Good Egg is accredited, but this accreditation didn't happen overnight. We had to demonstrate compliance, security, and expertise.
Don't take our word for it, though...
If there's one thing you take away from this article, it's this: save yourself many headaches and work with an employee background check company that has received accreditation from the NAPBS (look for the seal on the vendor's website).
Bottom line: Good Egg isn't for everyone.
And that's OK. You do you! But if you ARE on the prowl for a company that delivers accurate results, contemporary screening solutions, quick turnarounds, 100% compliance, and kick-butt customer service? Well, we might just be a match made in heaven. Let's discuss your background check needs today.