How is Verensics different from a Background Check?
A criminal background investigation (BGI) only checks the information contained in certain databases, so in order for something to show up on a typical BGI, a lot has to go right including the specification of the right geography and time frame along with a continuous update of these databases. The big disadvantage is that a police report would have had to have been filed in order for something negative to show up on a BGI. Verensics doesn’t look at databases, we look at behaviors. Therefore, we pick up what background checks miss.
How is Verensics different from a behavioral assessment?
Verensics’ integrity Assessment is similar to a behavioral assessment, but most behavioral assessments are focused on personality traits that make a person a good fit for a certain position. They are very useful, but they cannot tell you how risky a person will be to hire. The Verensics assessment focuses specifically on risk: risk of theft, risk of violence, risk of fraud, etc.
How does it work?
There are two major aspects to the Verensics integrity assessment:
- Our analytics identify attempts to lie or conceal information. You will know if a candidate is a risk before you have to make a decision on whether to hire them, or keep them on staff.
- The candidate or employee is conscious to the fact that they are being monitored by the assessment as they are taking it. If a candidate starts answering inconsistently, the assessment will alert the test taker to pay closer attention. Awareness that they are being monitored makes test takers more likely to admit to risky behaviors.
How do you know it works?
We have clients across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. These span all industries, and we’ve been used all over the world for over 10 years. We’re used by national governments and Fortune 500 companies. Also, we’ve conducted an academic study of our results that showed an over 96% correlation to the findings of verified polygraph exams.
How do the analytics work?
Verensics’ platform uses proprietary algorithms that take specific inputs to determine anomalies in the test taker’s answers. These are collected in real time and include consistency, timing, and mouse movement.
How long does each assessment take?
Since each assessment is tailored in real time for each candidate, actual test times can vary but typically take 10 to 20 minutes.
How soon can I see the results?
Immediately! The results are available as soon as a test taker completes the assessment. Results can be viewed in our client access portal.
What does Verensics do to verify compliance with employment laws?
We have analyzed and evaluated the platform for employment‐related concerns, both federal and state, including:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability‐related issues
- Medical marijuana
- Current alcohol/drug use
- Criminal background (both disparate impact and “ban‐the‐box” laws)
- Credit history/foreclosure statutes
- Off‐duty conduct laws
- Protection for domestic violence victims
- State laws against use of integrity tests (i.e. Massachusetts and Rhode Island)
What should my company do with the information the Verensics platform provides?
Treat this information the same way your organization would manage any employment‐related concerns that come to your attention; gathering additional information and taking appropriate action based on the results.
The Verensics platform works in much the same way. You would ask some follow-up questions, gather additional information, and take appropriate action based on the results. Verensics has developed guidance that you can use to assist in the post-questionnaire interview, and we can provide more in-depth training where needed.
What about test validation/possible disparate impact issues?
Our due diligence review included analysis of disparate impact issues at the individual question level (for example, we avoid questions about an individual’s prior arrests or convictions). At the overall results level, statistical analysis for disparate impact is not needed, because the Verensics platform is not a specific employment practice (like requiring a high‐school diploma for all positions, or a minimum score on a promotional exam). The due diligence review has not identified any court or agency finding that an integrity test had a disparate impact or its use was otherwise illegal (other than in the two states where employers are prohibited from using integrity tests, Massachusetts and Rhode Island).
Verensics does not collect or keep demographic information about individuals taking the questionnaire.
What about legal review for questions that are added to my customized assessment?
Any additional questions, customization, other changes to the test will get that same level of due diligence and legal review before it is rolled out to you.
How should my company handle accommodations for individuals with disabilities?
For individuals who require additional time to complete the questionnaire, the platform provides an extended time option. For other accommodation requests, you would simply follow your company’s ADA accommodation policy/guidelines.
How do I log in for a candidate to take the test?
To access the system, login through http://verensics.com/, by rolling your mouse over ‘Client Login’ on the top menu and choosing “Begin Visible Risk Index.” After clicking on “Begin Visible Risk Index,” a dialogue box will appear. Input your username and password.
Required information to begin the VRI:
- Registration ID: Unique ID number for each candidate or employee provided by your organization
PLEASE NOTE: This number is also used to continue an unfinished test
- Extended Time (Checkbox): Optional accommodation for examinees requiring additional time (adds 40% more time to answer each question)
- Reason for Extended Time: A mandatory field if the “Extended Time” option has been selected
- Language: The language in which the questions will be asked (default language is English)
- State: Specify the state in which the VRI is being administered
PLEASE NOTE: This questionnaire cannot be used in Massachusetts or Rhode Island
How do I log in to view test results?
To access the system, login through http://verensics.com/, by rolling your mouse over ‘Client Login’
on the top menu and choosing “Visible Risk Index Results.”
After clicking on “Visible Risk Index Results,” a dialogue box will appear. Input your username and password.
Help! I have a candidate that started the test and didn’t finish. Can they log back in to finish?
Yes. In the case that the assessment was suspended prior to completion, the assessment can be continued from the point it was suspended. On the test registration screen, enter the Registration ID in the Continue Previous Test section of the Test Registration screen. See screenshot below for reference.