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GoodHire Review

By Skye Schooley, business.com Writer | Updated Sep 11, 2020

GoodHire offers pre-employment screening services to businesses of all industries and sizes. Its background checks comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. With its easy-to-use online portal, transparent fees and customization features, GoodHire is our pick as the best background check company for small businesses. Although it serves businesses (and nonprofits) in a variety of industries, GoodHire is especially useful for companies in the construction, healthcare, nonprofit, retail, staffing and technology industries.

GoodHire

GoodHire

The Best Background Check Companies of 2020

The Verdict

GoodHire is our favorite background check company for small businesses. Its reports are FCRA-compliant, it has an easy-to-use portal, and all of its fees are clearly posted on its website.

Setting up a background check is extremely easy with GoodHire. Once your company is verified – a process that typically takes one day – you can order and review all background checks from the company's online portal. When you order a background check, GoodHire uses an e-consent tool that obtains the candidate's permission electronically. All final reports are saved in GoodHire's online portal. 

Businesses can run as many – or as few – background checks as necessary. GoodHire clearly displays the pricing and turnaround time for its services on its website. You may be able to negotiate with GoodHire for custom rates and pricing, though, especially if your business conducts a high volume of screenings. 

Here's more about the three screening packages GoodHire offers. 

Basic Plan

  • Cost: $29.99 per check
  • Turnaround time: One business day
  • Included searches: Social Security number trace (and associated counties), national criminal database search, sex offender list search

Standard Plan

  • Cost: $54.99 per check
  • Turnaround time: One or two business days
  • Included searches: Social Security number (and associated counties), national criminal database search, sex offender list search, domestic watchlist search, and a county criminal court search, which searches the past seven years of court records (for up to three counties)

Premium Plan

  • Cost: $79.99 per check
  • Turnaround time: Two to four business days
  • Included searches: Social Security number trace (and associated counties), national criminal database search, sex offender list search, domestic watchlist search, county criminal court search (seven-year search history for up to three counties), and education and employment verification 

GoodHire's Standard and Premium plans are subject to additional third-party fees, dependent upon county courts, employer verification and education verification. However, GoodHire won't charge you these fees without your permission. All new users are subject to a one-time setup fee of $49.99 for account verification.

Whichever plan you choose, you can customize a background check with GoodHire's add-on capabilities, which include identity checks, advanced criminal and civil records searches, verifications, motor vehicle records checks, employment credit reports, international checks, drug screenings, healthcare sanctions, and ongoing alerts. These capabilities make it easy to modify each background check to fit your exact business needs.

To learn more about GoodHire's pre-employment background screenings, you can view a demo on GoodHire's website. You can reach customer support by phone, email or online chat. When we contacted the company, posing as a small business owner, representatives responded promptly with thorough answers to our questions, even providing links to additional resources and information.

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GoodHire

GoodHire

The Best Background Check Companies of 2020

The Verdict

GoodHire is our favorite background check company for small businesses. Its reports are FCRA-compliant, it has an easy-to-use portal, and all of its fees are clearly posted on its website.

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Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. She received a business communication degree from Arizona State University and spent a few years traveling internationally, before finally settling down in the greater New York City area. She currently writes for business.com and Business News Daily, primarily contributing articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviewing categories such as remote PC access software, collection agencies, background check services, web hosting, reputation management services, cloud storage, and website design software and services.