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Ryan Howard

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Awesome Interview? Know When to Extend the Job Offer and When to Conduct the Background Check.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 19, 2017  |  Share       

After an impressive resume and interview, hiring managers may be ready to offer the job to a great candidate based on gut feelings. Gut feelings, however, could be sidelined by news stories revealing negligent hiring claims, litigation, and lost business when hiring the wrong employee or an employee with a troubled past. If human resource professionals are afraid of missing out on the perfect employee, how should the candidate move through the hiring process?

When is the optimal time to run the background check and when is the optimal time to make a job offer?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, hiring practices

Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017  |  Share       

Organizations that wish to keep their employees and customers safe, and avoid negligent hiring claims, implement background checks. For startups and small businesses, these background checks may be rare but still recommended. For larger organizations and enterprise companies, there could be hundreds of background checks run on a monthly basis. In either case, a background check policy is helpful to set guidelines for investigating applicant backgrounds and triggers for re-running background screenings on current employees.

At some point, certain clues may point to the need for an updated background check policy.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, background check policy, hiring practices

Adverse Action Notice: Common Compliance Questions

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

When taking adverse actions, following the rules is paramount.

When a background check on an applicant and/or current employee or tenant yields negative results, your next move seems obvious: Grab the next application and move on! Right? Not entirely. 

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

How to Identify Resume Fraud and Read what Counts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

Employers, hiring managers and human resource professionals have the daunting task of processing thousands of resumes that pile up everyday. The employment world is highly competitive and applicants have a way of sprucing up their resumes, often stretching the truth in the process. 

Sifting the untruths and half-truths from what really matters is a tough responsibility for employers that require vigilance, prudence and due diligence.

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Topics: Employment History Verification, Resume Fraud

Employee Criminal Records: How far back should you look?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

In today's world, it's no longer safe to simply rely on a potential employee's resume as a reliable source of information. While the resume is a great source of information about the previous work history, conducting a criminal background check for employment has become an essential and vital part of hiring new employees.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, criminal background check

How to Obtain Applicant Consent and Authorization to a Background Check

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017  |  Share       

Background checks are becoming more common, not only for creditors and landlords, but for employers and people looking for roommates or babysitters. A background check can eliminate people who do not meet your set criteria. Perhaps you are an employer who requires your employees to use a company car. Obtaining a driving record is a critical piece in the employment process. By utilizing background checks, you are able to feel more confident that you are bringing a person into a situation that will work for everyone involved.

Before performing a background check, you need to make sure you understand some of the basics behind a background check.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening

Employer and Landlord Responsibilities under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, May 03, 2017  |  Share       

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) places limits and rules on the usage of consumer reports by both employers and landlords. As such the following duties must be carried out when you are making use of a personal consumer report.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Adverse Action Notice, Tenant Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Fair Credit Reporting Act

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 01, 2017  |  Share       

Running a small business means paying close attention to the needs of your customers and your employees. Small business employees lay the groundwork of your organization including everything from human resources to accounting and development to sales. Along the way, small business owners have to listen closely to determine when it's time to hire. Hiring the right people, then, is important to help continue that growth. 

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business: Use these tips to determine when it's time to hire, how to run compliant background checks, and onboarding best practices.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring employees, hiring practices, small business

Summer Hiring Heats up for Seasonal Staffing and Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 24, 2017  |  Share       

Spring temperatures mean summer is coming quickly. Summer camps, retail, hospitality, sports leagues and other seasonal hiring and/or volunteering is underway or at least front of mind. While it may seem that background screening is too much of an investment for temporary work or service, there are many valid reasons for including it in the hiring process.

While summer jobs and volunteer opportunities provide valuable experience for the job seeker, employers must still protect themselves with background checks.

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, volunteer background checks, Seasonal hiring

Easy and Affordable Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 20, 2017  |  Share       

While it may seem that the terms "easy" and "affordable" don't necessarily fit with "background checks", we believe it to be true. With decade (and then some) in the screening business, VeriFirst offers simple and accessible background checks plus experience, plus high quality customer service, plus verification of the background check data we obtain. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, allow us to explain.

How can background checks be easy and affordable and still help you hire quality employees for your business?

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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening

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