Trust & Safety
The Importance Of International Background Checks
A comprehensive employment screening program should include International Background Checks for candidates currently working in the United States who have lived, studied, or worked in other countries. International Background Checks help your company:
- Make informed decisions based on reliable results from foreign databases
- Ensure your candidate’s employment history is accurate
- Confirm your candidate has the skills and experience required
What You’ll Learn From International Background Checks
International Background Checks are used for residents currently living in the US who previously lived, worked, or attended school in another country. Employers can run international checks in 223 countries to learn about:
Provides details about criminal records, or returns clear results.
Verifies employment details provided by your candidate.
Verifies education information provided by your candidate.
GoodHire’s Suite Of International Background Checks
Designed for candidates who live in the US but have global backgrounds, GoodHire’s International Background Checks are available as add-on services. The following table shows International Background Checks offered, what they search, what each is best used for, and what the results show.
International Criminal Records Search
Records in one of 223 countries.
BEST USED FOR
Residents who have lived or worked outside of the US.
Any felony or misdemeanor criminal convictions, and pending criminal cases.
International Education Verification
The secondary school, college, or university specified in one of 223 countries.
BEST USED FOR
Residents who attended a school outside of the US.
Attendance dates and degree, diploma, or certificate earned.
International Employment Verification
Any employer specified in one of 223 countries.
BEST USED FOR
Residents who have worked outside of the US.
Dates employed & job title(s).
FCRA & International Background Checks
Employers using a Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), like GoodHire, to run background checks to assess candidates during the hiring process have important responsibilities to comply with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), including following the adverse action process. Ban-the-box compliance, targeted screens, and individualized assessments apply only when taking adverse action due to criminal records.
When running International Background Checks, it’s important to know:
- Each country requires specific documentation to search criminal records or verify credentials
- International checks aren’t designed for employers trying to hire for subsidiaries in countries outside the US. In-country background check companies should be used instead.
- International Background Checks often take longer than US-only checks, but won’t delay US-only results. Learn more about each country’s turnaround times.