Think about the last time you hired someone. Did you hire based on a single interview, or on a resume alone? If you reviewed the candidate’s resume, did you notice any discrepancies? Resume fraud is at an all-time high, and it isn’t always possible to spot it at first glance. An Education Verification Search helps to spot this fraud, and ensure your candidate is being truthful on their resume.
One of the most common ways candidates defraud employers is to falsify educational backgrounds or claim to have degrees that don’t really exist. Applicants may create and print off their own transcripts or even go to advanced lengths to create diploma plaques in an effort to convince you or misrepresent their skills. If the employer accepts this as face value proof, they hire based on falsified claims. As a result of more application fraud, more employers are hiring based on these false claims.
Hiring a candidate who misrepresents their educational background is especially concerning in skilled industries. A worker who lacks proper knowledge creates undue risk for your business.
Verifying candidate-provided information on your own terms is the only way to be completely sure educational qualifications are legitimate.
What is an Education Verification Search?
An Education Verification Search takes candidate-provided education background check information and cross-checks it for validity. IMI Data Search reports can confirm education certificates and achievements at any educational level. Whether it’s high school, technical school, college, university, or any other post-secondary facility, we will include it in our search.
IMI Data Search does much more than provide a simple confirmation when we send your Education Verification Search report. We can also confirm:
- When the candidate attended the school or program
- Chosen program major and/or changes in major
- Honors or certifications achieved in the program
- GPA and/or class-specific grates for specific subjects
- HAZMAT, First Aid, Food Safety, HIPAA, and more
Essentially, if the educational certificate exists, IMI Data can help you make sure it’s verifiable through this education background check.
How We Conduct an Education Background Check
When you request verification through IMI Data Search, we use advanced industry strategies to identify the best methods for confirmation. These strategies include contacting organizations directly, utilizing national or state databases, and arranging candidate testing to prove ability. Rather than relying on public databases, which can be notoriously unreliable, we go to the registrar or source instead.
IMI Data Search holds professional working relationships with thousands of national educational facilities, including colleges, universities, and training facilities as well as certifying organizations. Our trusted relationship with these entities lets us interface with them on your behalf to secure information without risking privacy violations or compliance issues. We assure complete business, organization, and candidate privacy every step of the way.
All verification search requests are screened against a database of known fraudulent or unreliable sources. These unreliable sources include diploma mills and non-accredited educational facilities. Diplomas and certificates sought through these facilities may be legitimate, but constitute a significant red flag because curriculums are often lacking or do not exist.
If IMI Data identifies red flags at any point in the education background check, we will notify you. In the rare case of an identity mismatch, or if we are unable to make an identity match, you can end the search immediately. Alternatively, you may request additional clarification from your candidate and refile your verification search request. Accidental identity mismatches are very rare, and are generally caused by either candidates or the facilities they attend.
Why You need Education Verification
Education Verification is a must for employers and recruiters who must be absolutely sure the candidates they hire are adequately skilled. It isn’t enough to rely on candidate-provided information alone, and contacting facilities individually is often a time-consuming and expensive process.
Even if you are able to make contact with a facility, simple confirmation won’t reveal whether the curriculum or program is legitimate, accredited, and provided to acceptable industry standards. Diploma mills and pay-for diploma programs can be very convincing, even to students who may assume the program is trustworthy. Unfortunately, these students only discover their mistake when they later find out employers won’t hire based on their lackluster degree.
Running Education Verification searches may also be a legal matter in highly regulated industries. This industries include finance, securities, legal, law enforcement, patient care, and education. Within these sectors, California and national regulations demand that employers run a full background screen (including an education background check) before they hire to ensure confidence and protect client safety. Employers who supersede these regulations risk hefty fines. They even risk criminal charges or liability suits if an unqualified hire harms anyone.
How IMI Data Helps With Education Verification
IMI Data’s easy-to-use online platform and wealth of screening knowledge makes it fast and easy to stay on top of recruiting intelligence needs. Innovative protective measures and advanced algorithms that exceed industry standards produce accurate and reliable results for every Education Verification within as little as three days.
Education background checks with IMI Data Search provide you with an instant and auditable paper trail. This trail proves due diligence and satisfies most state or federal regulatory requirements. This includes Adverse Action procedures and legally required screening industries. When you partner with us, you save money by preventing risky compliance issues and when you screen. Our system recognizes and works within specific regulations for searches specific to every state in America, including the FCRA, the EEOC, and the ADA.
Partnering with IMI Data Search benefits you by bridging the gap between you and the sources you need for full and reliable verification. Screen a single candidate, screen only for education, or run a batch of screening reports on hundreds of candidates at the same time. We tailor our system to meet the needs of businesses at every level.
Have a custom or special screening demand? Contact us! We go the extra mile by offering customized background reports that better suit your business. Most importantly, to ensure your satisfaction, we also provide advice on screening, compliance, and other recruiting intelligence measures for clients from every area of North America.