First Advantage News & Press Releases

Dec 12

First Advantage Recognised by Human Resources Leaders as the Best Background Screening Company in South Asia

SINGAPORE & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia & HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group company and the leading global provider of background screening service, won two gold and one bronze award in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore at the Human Resources Magazine HR Vendors of the Year Awards 2016. The Awards was organised by the Human Resources Magazine, the leading source of HR-related news in Asia. Judged by 60 of the biggest-spending HR directors in Asia, including Fortune 500 companies, local conglomerates and other esteemed Multinational Corporations, this award is one of the most established regional awards celebrating the provider of best HR products and services in Asia.

Dec 08

First Advantage Now Supports the Electronic Ordering of DOT Drug Tests

First Advantage is excited to announce that beginning Monday, December 12, 2016, you will have the ability to schedule Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screens electronically through Quest Diagnostics. This feature transforms the old method of drug testing – a time-consuming, paper-intensive process – into a paperless, electronic system for drug screening. On April 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the use of an electronic chain of custody form (eCCF), opening up the ability for employers, collectors, laboratories and medical review officers (MRO) to order a DOT drug test online through drug-testing laboratories with approved eCCF systems.

Sep 22

First Advantage Teams with SambaSafety to Offer Continuous Driver Monitoring

ATLANTA and DENVER — September 22, 2016 - SambaSafety®, the nation's leading provider of driver risk management solutions, and premier pre-employment screening company, First Advantage, announced today that they have partnered to offer SambaSafety's continuous driver monitoring services for First Advantage's transportation customers. "The SambaSafety solution has all the critical driver information our customers need to quickly identify high-risk drivers, reduce accidents, and lower the likelihood of out-of-service orders," said Mark Carlson VP of sales – tax and fleet solutions for First Advantage. "It's easy to use, cost-effective and represents the industry exemplar."

Sep 21

Fama and First Advantage Announce Strategic Partnership

ATLANTA and LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2016 – First Advantage, a company of Symphony Technology Group and the world’s largest background screening firm, and Fama, a big data software company that offers social media screening, today announced a global, strategic partnership designed to provide Fortune 2000 companies software solutions that may help limit the incidence of mis-hiring and re-hiring across all position levels. The announcement was made in Atlanta today at Collaborate 2016, First Advantage’s inaugural user conference.

Sep 07

First Advantage Voted by HRM Asia’s Readers as the Best Background Screening Provider

SINGAPORE – 7 SEPTEMBER, 2016 - First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group company and the leading global provider of background screening has won the coveted title of the "Best Background Screening Provider" at the HRM Asia Reader's Choice Awards in year 2016. This annual award is judged through an online poll by HR professionals and readers of the HRM magazine. The votes were cast based on criterias such as industry leadership, service excellence and innovation in service offerings. Adopting a transparent voting system, the poll only recognises unique voters from corporate email domain names to preserve the integrity of the awards. 

Aug 25

First Advantage Sponsors SAP SuccessFactors’ SuccessConnect 2016 Success is Simply Human

Atlanta, GA — August 25, 2016 — First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and a leading global provider of background screening analytics and identity solutions, today announced that the company is a Silver-level sponsor at SAP SuccessFactors’ annual SuccessConnect conference. SuccessConnect is the premier event for HR professionals, where industry influencers, current and prospective customers, technology partners and solution experts come together to share experiences, best practices and new innovations. The conference will be held from August 29–31 at The Venetian | Palazzo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Sep 15

Significant Threats to Data Security Lurk Within, Professionals Say

ATLANTA – September 15, 2015 – According to a recent investigative report on data breaches , an estimated $400 million has been lost from a predicted 700 million compromised records in 2015. So which security controls are the most important in thwarting cyber crime against businesses? Anti-malware? Physical security? Believe it or not, according to a recent survey, PEOPLE are a main concern. When recently asked about what security controls should be used to protect businesses from cyber threats, the First Advantage 2015 Cybersecurity Survey of business professionals placed employee background screening at the top of the list, even above the use of anti-malware programs and physical security. 

Aug 04

International Survey: One in Four Say They Have Exaggerated the Truth to Get Hired

ATLANTA – August 4, 2015 – First Advantage, a Symphony Technology Group (STG) company and the leading global provider of background screening analytics and identity solutions, today announced the results of an international consumer sentiment survey about background checks. According to the survey, nearly one-fourth of job candidates (23 percent) admit to exaggerating the truth on their resume or in a job interview in order to land a position. While First Advantage's own domestic screening data does not register intentional versus accidental discrepancies, a review of employment screening records shows an average discrepancy rate of 46 percent in the U.S., 23 percent in the U.K and 21 percent in Asia Pacific (APAC).

Jul 14

In the Sharing Economy, Trust is a Must

Survey by First Advantage shows nearly 86 percent of Americans would be more likely to participate in the sharing economy if background screenings w...
Jun 11

First Advantage to Share Seven Screening Predictions for 2016 at SHRM Annual Conference

First Advantage, the leading global provider of background screening analytics and identity solutions, announces that it will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the 2015 Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas later this month. Relied on by employers around the world to provide trusted intelligence that helps inform more accurate, efficient and confident pre-employment decisions, the company will be sharing an array of insights and original research, including their top "Seven Screening Predictions for 2016."  First Advantage's forecast covers economic, regulatory and litigation issues, and gives employers practical advice to stay on top of these potential trends. 

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First Advantage provides comprehensive background screening, identity and information solutions that give employers and housing providers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage enables customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., First Advantage has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. More information about First Advantage can be accessed at

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