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How Can Background Checks Improve your Candidate Experience?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jan 09, 2017  |  Share       

 

If you're in recruiting, hiring or human resources, you've probably heard the phrase "candidate experience". Reviewing 2017 Trends, hiring professionals predicted even more of a trend in power from employer to candidate. This means that organizations must provide a positive experience for candidates in order to attract top-notch talent. No longer is "branding" simply a marketing term. Human resources must also engage applicants with a strong and candidate-friendly hiring experience. 

How do background checks help improve candidate experience? Read on to learn more.

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Topics: Human Resources, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

Recruiting, Hiring and Screening Trends for 2017

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Jan 01, 2017  |  Share       

Technology and legislation greatly influence changes in human resources and hiring. Employers must stay aware of these changes in order to retain top talent and steer free of non-compliance and lawsuits. The most searched topics in 2016 within the VeriFirst blog include drug testing, adverse action and criminal background screening. In an attempt to continue to inform and educate our readers, we've examined predicted trends that will continue into 2017. 

Here are top recruiting, hiring and background check trends for the upcoming year. 

 
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Topics: Employee Background Screening, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices, recruiting, trends

7 Easy Steps to Conducting Background Checks on New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Dec 16, 2016  |  Share       

Some organizations don't do background checks is because of concerns with time and cost. Conducting background checks on new hires shouldn't be something that stalls the hiring process. The ultimate goal with screening is to offer peace of mind for human resources professionals as well as hiring the right person for the right job.

The background check process should be easy and efficient in order to be worth it to a hiring manager. Here are 7 easy steps to conducting background checks.

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

Reduce Corporate Risk with Online Applicant Consent

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Nov 27, 2016  |  Share       

In the past few months, Lyft, Bank of America and Dish Network were in courtrooms for not obtaining proper FCRA disclosures prior to running background checks on their employees. The Fair Credit Reporting Act regulates strict procedures as it relates to consumer reporting and background checks. Often, corporations have performed background screening and human resources tasks the same way for years without updating their processes to remain compliant. With technology and the need to reduce corporate risk, compliance can be maintained without the added overhead on an HR department.

Reduce the risk of corporate litigation by implementing an online applicant consent system.

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Topics: FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

Accurate and Compliant: Background Checks Keep Employers out of Courtrooms

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Oct 13, 2016  |  Share       

We're living in a more litigious society than ever and employers are at risk for violations and penalties if they're taken to court. More laws are being written to protect job applicants from discrimination in the job market, especially as it relates to criminal background checks. Human resources and hiring managers must individually assess each candidate thoroughly and accurately in order to make hiring decisions. The actions before and after the decision to hire (or not) must also follow up-to-date standards and regulations. 

If employers can obtain accurate data and stay compliant with the law, their litigation risk is lessened.

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Topics: compliance, FCRA Compliance, criminal background check, hiring practices

The Importance of Auditing your HR Department

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 30, 2016  |  Share       

Audit. The word may as well be considered a 4-letter word to those in your human resources department. Human Resources managers may not look forward to harsh scrutiny of their hiring practices but audits are designed to save time, money and resources in the long run. The good news is that you can conduct internal audits to ensure regulatory compliance before facing an external auditor with a virtual clipboard and pen. 

Internal audits of your hiring practices mitigate risk for your company. Here's how.

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Topics: Human Resources, background check policy, hiring practices

Signs and Costs of Hiring the Wrong Person

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Sep 02, 2016  |  Share       

Recruiting, interviewing, screening and hiring are only part of the process of gaining new employees for your organization. Hiring and HR managers have much to consider beyond this - salary, benefits, workplace culture - and that doesn't even begin to cover the regulatory compliance challenges of hiring. With so much pressure to ensure a great company fit, the reality is that sometimes you will hire the wrong person. As with any challenges, the first step is recognizing that there's a problem and identifying why it's not working. 

Have you considered the true cost of hiring the wrong person in your organization?

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Topics: hiring employees, hiring practices, negligent hiring

Could your business be at risk for an FCRA Lawsuit?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 27, 2016  |  Share       

Class action lawsuits involving employers and possible violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) can shake up human resource professionals. Of course no one intentionally violates federal (or state) regulations. Hiring managers hope to do what's best by their employers - hiring the right people for the right jobs. Because of the complexity of regulations and other compliance challenges, many employers are unknowingly putting themselves at risk for an FCRA lawsuit. 

Could your business be at risk for a lawsuit?

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Topics: Adverse Action Notice, FCRA Compliance, hiring practices

What is Ban the Box? Updates to State and Local Regulations

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Apr 28, 2016  |  Share       

Hiring an employee isn't as straight forward as you might expect. Federal, state and local regulations protect the rights of the job seekers and employers must stay current on any changes that may affect their recruiting and hiring processes. "Ban the box" is one regulation that is appearing in headlines across the country and affects employers and job seekers alike.

What exactly is Ban the Box and what do employers need to know?

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Topics: criminal background check, ban the box, hiring practices

Aquire and Retain Applicant Talent with iCIMS & VeriFirst Integration

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Mar 16, 2016  |  Share       

Hiring the right talent may possibly be the most important strategic goal for any business. In 2013, the Aberdeen Group reported that organizations that take a strategic approach to recruiting reach twice as many business goals, achieve higher customer satisfaction and hire at a reduced cost. At VeriFirst, we understand the need to hire the right person at the right time.

With VeriFirst's integration with the iCIMS talent acquisition suite, acquiring, screening and retaining the right talent has never been easier. 

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Topics: hiring practices, iCIMS integration

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