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How to Select a Background Check Package for New Hires

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Nov 19, 2018

When hiring a new employee, it may be tempting to run every background check available. This is a bad idea for two reasons - (1) running unneeded background checks will take longer and (2) they'll cost more too.

Instead of checking the box on every background check, consider certain background checks may only be needed for certain types of jobs. Understanding the types of background checks, and what information they reveal, can also be helpful to determine which background checks best fit the situation.

How to select a background check package for new hires

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

HR Policy for Criminal Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 09, 2018

Creating a background check policy allows your human resources department to be consistent during the hiring, promotion and terminations processes. Employers must be mindful of applicant rights when applying a background check policy and any local, state or federal employment laws applicable in your area.  Attempting to remember screening procedures as well as compliance rules can be challenging, especially if hiring is done sporadically or not as often. A screening policy is a dependable, company-wide policy that helps to create a positive experience for hiring managers and employees.

Here are the most important steps to creating an HR policy for criminal background checks.

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening

What Employers Should Consider When Hiring for the Seasonal Holidays

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 02, 2018

It's that magical time of year when retailers across the nation are looking for seasonal employees to take them through the holidays. With a great economy in full swing, stores are looking to hire over a half a million workers, just in time for Black Friday. Seasonal hiring may be different this year, thanks to the great economy, because the unemployment is the lowest it's been since 1969.

Here's what employers should consider when seasonal hiring this year.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

The Masks Applicants Wear to Hide Who They Are

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Most people lie on their resume. The typical resume untruths are embellishments or exaggerations so the candidate sounds more impressive or more experienced than they are. Earlier this year, CareerBuilder reported that 45% of hiring managers can't find qualified talent so fluffing up credentials is happening more than ever. These resume white lies may not necessarily reveal a bad hire if the candidate is bright, hardworking and willing to learn. Some applicants, however, may be hiding who they really are and it's up to the discerning hiring manager to uncover the scary truth underneath .

Here's what you may find behind the masks some applicants wear.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening

How Background Checks Affect Workplace Culture

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Nearly three quarters of employers run background screens on employment applicants. While it is assumed that employers are looking for criminal records, a Reddit thread about background checks uncovered plenty of other valuable and available information to determine if the applicant is a good fit. Those who fit well, perform better and stick around longer, reducing turnover costs and the risk of low morale.

Employers may be closely reviewing background check information to help improve or maintain a positive workplace culture.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

HR Policy Updates: How to Include Rolling Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 05, 2018

More companies are choosing to screen their employees, both prior to hire and after they are employed. With the “Me Too” movement and the most recent accusations against Judge Kavanaugh, rolling background checks are now considered a good idea for employers wishing to make their workplace safe from sexual harassment.

If your company or HR department has considered rolling background checks, here are some best practices for updating your employment policies to include it.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

The Need for a Hiring Decision Matrix

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Sep 17, 2018

Decision matrices are used by executives for all manner of business decisions that include many variables and multiple choices. When consistency is required and emotion must be removed, such as with hiring, a decision matrix can be a valuable tool. Federal legislation also recommends consistency and objectivity. The EEOC and other anti-discrimination laws rely on employers to reduce bias so that all applicants get a fair chance. 

A decision making matrix during the hiring process can be the perfect tool for leaders. Here are a few examples.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening

Can Employers Look at a Job Candidate's Credit Report?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Employers run background checks on employees to keep both their business and their customers' interest safe. A basic background check is used to verify a potential employee's identity and determine if there was any past criminal activity. Credit checks aren't necessarily included in a basic screening but would be used if the job description requires it and could affect employment chances. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination based on gender, race, and religion, however as of this writing, only 11 states have limits against discrimination based on credit.

Can an employer look at an applicant's credit report? The answer is, "It depends."

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

Why Do Some Background Checks Take Longer than Others?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

Employers and job seekers alike struggle with the time it takes to receive background check results. The waiting is the hardest part... 

Most frustrating is that some background checks seem to take less time than others, leaving hiring managers scratching their heads wondering why. In general, the results of a background check could take 2 or 3 business days but there are many factors that could affect that number. 

Why do some background checks take longer than others? 

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

Background Check Resources for Small Businesses

Posted by Ryan Howard on Wed, Jul 25, 2018

Background checks are important for any size business but may be overlooked by small businesses who don't hire regularly or don't know where to begin.  Some growing businesses may also opt out of screening due to time constraints or cost. Small businesses, however, have a lot more to lose by not screening new employees. If the wrong employee is hired, there's a huge loss of time and money. If the employee doesn't represent your company well, you could be sued for negligent hiring or face brand reputation challenges.

Background checks don't have to be a pain for small businesses. Use this handy resource list to get started and keep your company safe.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Employment Background Screening, Human Resources