Reference & Background Checks

Due diligence, Careful screening and Proper Hiring

Note: Obtaining background check information from a third-party resource requires that you adhere to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) because the information provided is considered a consumer report. Be sure you understand those requirements for your particular state.

Know what you’re getting into.

Background checks reveal useful information about prospective candidates. Avoid claims of negligent hiring, verify the information given to you, and know what you’re getting into. We recommend completing a background check for all new hires, regardless of position.

How does the process work?

  1. Contact DataQuest to set up your account. Here’s how:
  2. Get familiar with the DataQuest portal through some simple, quick training
  3. Order the background check online through your account portal
  4. Input the applicant’s information yourself or have the applicant complete any necessary paperwork online and digitally sign the forms
  5. You will receive email alerts throughout the process
  6. For most requests, you will receive a report within 24 – 72 hours
  7. Review results and finalize hiring decision

Recommended services for all new hires:

  1. Criminal Report
  2. Social Security Search
  3. Employment Verification
  4. Reference Check

Other services that may be helpful depending on the position:

  1. Education Check
  2. License Check
  3. Driving Record
  4. Civil Record Search

A quick note about credit reports:

A common misconception is that a person’s credit history is a helpful predictor for their future work performance, and whether or not they will steal from their employer. There is no empirical data to support this. Employees with good credit may steal just as much as those with bad credit.

Recent court cases have restricted the use of Credit Summaries in hiring decisions unless the employer can show that the applicant will have real control over the business finances, such as check-signing privileges, bank account access, and transferring funds. An employee who simply handles cash, runs credit cards, or submits insurance payments does not meet this financial control threshold.

Prior to being able to order a credit report, you must first undergo an onsite inspection.


Background check pricing varies depending on services, court fees, and scope of work. Typical costs range from $50 – $100 per applicant.


A little about DataQuest:

Not only can we provide background checks and verifications services anywhere here in the U.S., but also on a global scale. We are able to conduct criminal background checks, employment verifications, and education verifications pretty much anywhere in the world! DataQuest provides a variety of background screening solutions to help our clients meet their hiring needs. We are an active member of the NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners) and are very proud to be formally recognized as Accredited by the BSAAP/NAPBS. Only 10% of the companies in our industry have gone through this extensive accreditation process and earned this highest seal of approval from our industry association! We are also proud to be a certified Woman Owned Business (WBE)!