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American Idol Jermaine Jones disqualified for criminal background

Posted by Chris Bilko on Fri, Mar 30, 2012

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Can hiring professionals learn from American Idol?

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The day of giving an applicant the eye test is over. American Idol star Jermaine Jones proves to the world why professional background checks are necessary. The gentle giant was disqualified on Tuesday, March 14th, 2012 for his past criminal record found in the state of New Jersey. The so called "Gentle Giant" claims that he "didn't want to get penalized for anything that happened in his past." Unfortunately, for the contestant that was saved by the judges earlier in the season. Jermaine Jones past caught up with him after American Idol was notified by the police of his outstanding arrest warrants. Two of which involved Jermaine Jones giving false identification to a police officer. What kind of implications can something like this have on an employer?

Studies have found that in the workforce, 60% of applicants lie on their resume about their previous criminal background history. One bad decision could end up costing your company thousands of dollars in turnover costs or negligent hiring claims. Not to mention the potential risks if clients find out that your company has hired a previous criminal.

It is beyond me to think that some hiring professionals do not take advantage of the resources that are now available to them through the Internet. Employment background screening is now an easy, quick, and cost effective process that can save your company time, money, and risk associated with hiring a criminal. In five minutes, VeriFirst Background Screening has the capability of verifying your applicants identity, search for criminal/sex offense records nationwide, and make sure your applicant is not on the FBI's most wanted list. If you are a hiring professional, please ask yourself  the following question: Are you taking the right steps to protect your company before hiring an applicant?

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