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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

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: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Is it time to update your corporate background check policy?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sat, May 13, 2017

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: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Identify Resume Fraud and Read what Counts

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, May 04, 2017

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 Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Hiring and Screening Tips for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, May 01, 2017

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 and Recruiting

Summer Hiring Heats up for Seasonal Staffing and Volunteers

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Apr 24, 2017

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: Types of Background Checks, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Challenges with Employment Verification Services

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Apr 07, 2017

In recent news, high school journalism students in Kansas researched their new principal and found discrepancies on her resume. A simple online search revealed questions about the educator's credentials as well as former employers. After their investigation and check of her background, the principal subsequently resigned.

For employers, background checks help to reveal resume fraud however, there are some challenges to employment verification. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What Recruiters Want to Know about Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Recruiting and hiring can be quite the challenge in today's market due to changes in regulations, the "gig economy" and more millennials entering the workforce. VeriFirst's mission is to assist employers and recruiters in order to meet the following goals:

  • Hire the right person the first time
  • Make the hiring process as time and cost efficient as possible
  • Stay compliant and out of a courtroom

With over a decade of experience in background checks and working with employers, we're answering some common frequently asked questions.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

How to Get the Best Background Checks for Small Business

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Because small businesses don't hire as many or as regularly as large enterprises, each new hire must be a solid fit for the company. Employees are working above and beyond their job description and in a growing business, finances and timing are crucial. Small business hiring managers must evaluate cost, ease and customer service when considering screening options. Other reasons for background checks include the potential of negligent hiring claims, damage to the brand reputation, and loss of company morale if the wrong person is hired. 

How can small businesses get the best and most cost-effective background checks?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, Hiring and Recruiting

New Acting Chair, LGBTQ Rights: EEOC in the News

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

The Trump administration is making policy and leadership changes prompting more headlines regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the spirit of keeping VeriFirst readers informed, through our blog posts and social media (follow us on Twitter for current news), we've consolidated a few headlines that may be of interest for employers.

EEOC in the News

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

How Criminal Background Checks affect Teen Convicted Felons

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Last week, NPR shared a story of Eduardo, a 32 year old man who was tried as an adult at age 17 when he was caught selling cocaine outside his New York apartment building. He was released on parole for good behavior but his criminal record has stayed with him ever since, affecting job and housing opportunities. In December, Governor Cuomo pardoned Eduardo, one of the first pardons in the state for those convicted for non-violent crimes at age 16 or 17, sealing his record from the public. 

Should employers be concerned?

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Topics: Types of Background Checks, Tenant Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting