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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

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

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

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