How Long Does a Background Check Take?

By HireRight

how long does a background check takeDepending on nature and scope, an average employment background check will typically take between two and four business days to complete. However, it may take longer for a variety of reasons, such as when the screening company has difficulty contacting your former employers or educational institutions.

In such cases, the background screening company may ask you to supply a W-2 or additional information to help substantiate the information in your application or resume. Having this documentation handy and providing it quickly will help speed up the process.

Global checks can also take longer than the basic U.S. background check, and in some instances, you can help by providing additional information that’s required to perform the check in other countries. When you provide the information requested in the initial background check application, it helps speed up the screening process.

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