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Slow Hiring Process? Here's Why.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 25, 2017


The company Glassdoor published its recent study about hiring delays earlier this month.  The research looked at over 80,000 company hiring reviews from the United States and other countries. The study highlights the differences based on industry and location to give job seekers an idea of what to expect during the hiring process.  Glassdoor also noted that companies do have control over the length of the interview/hiring process as "company-specific factors" explained some of the variation in delays.

Want to speed up your company's slow hiring process? First, determine what's causing the slow down.

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

7 Reasons to Hire an HR Professional

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Small businesses may regard the necessity of back office operations as a part time job. While accounting or human resources may not be the bulk of the company needs, hiring professionals for these duties greatly reduces stress for those who are not experts and increases the growth potential of the business. Want to hire the right people for your business, reduce turnover, and mitigate litigation risk?

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Topics: Human Resources, Hiring and Recruiting

Who is Lying on a Resume? Here's How to Find the Truth.

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 28, 2017

As if reviewing hundreds of resumes isn't challenging enough, hiring managers also have to be diligent in detecting falsities. When statistics and surveys consistently reveal that at least 50% of job seekers will lie on their resumes, it can be quite the challenge to reveal the truth about your applicant. The good news is that hiring managers do have a not-so-secret weapon to determine the truth-tellers from those who aren't being so forthcoming. 

Like Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth, hiring managers can discover who is lying on a resume. Here's how.

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Reduce Hiring Bias with Background Checks

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Jul 21, 2017


If you were to take a survey of your current employees, would you find that you've hired people from all walks of life? Some companies aren't aware of bias in their recruitment and hiring of employees. Implicit bias is, by its very definition, unconscious. When companies are biased in their hiring, without being conscious of it, how can the challenge be resolved? Is there a way to reduce bias during the hiring process?

Can background checks reduce bias in hiring and recruiting of employees?

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting

Can Employers ask about Salary History?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The state of California is considering a bill to ban employers from asking job applicants about salary history. Some cities and states such as New York City, Oregon and Philadelphia have already passed bans against employer inquiries of pay history. Proponents of this wave of legislation say that sharing salary history, especially those who already experience pay discrimination, could lead to more wage inequality.

Employers want to know: How will salary history laws affect hiring and screening practices?

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

What is the Difference Between State and Federal FCRA Laws?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

When employers are using credit reports and other background checks to determine their hiring decisions, they must abide by the consumer protections set forth in the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Some states have enacted their own FCRA laws that may be more specific and offer greater protections for that state's citizens. As a hiring manager, these two levels of legislation can be overwhelming or confusing during the hiring process.

When screening potential employees, what's the difference between state and federal FCRA laws?

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

Slow Turnaround time for a Background Check? What gives?

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, May 26, 2017

When a hiring manager is anxiously waiting results of a background check, it can feel like forever. If you've already decided that the candidate is perfect, it can seem especially frustrating. Hiring managers are nervous about missing out on high quality candidate and understand the necessity of perfect timing during the hiring process. Should you offer the job or run a background check first? Either way, a background check seems like necessary evil.

When you're ready to secure the future of a job candidate, why does a background check take so long?

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

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