Top 5 Employee Background Check Tips You Ought to Know About

Posted In DigitalOlympus News - By Josh Cole On Thursday, July 18th, 2013 With 0 Comments

Seven out of ten organizations revealed to have conducted background checks on their job applicants, according to the Society for Human Resources Management. Is this because almost 40% of resumes contain false information? Maybe. But the truth is that everyone involved in a job search will eventually have to deal with a background check.

Businesses are trying their best to minimize the risks that may come from bad hires, but not for the same reasons they used to a few years ago. I’ve come to realize that it’s not just about security, honesty or performance anymore. Whether they are big or small, companies simply can’t afford bad hiring decisions anymore.

How to Conduct Background Checks and Protect Your Business Against Bad Hires?

As Mikal E. Belicove originally explained on a great article, there are some basic dos and don’ts that solve most problems when conducting employee background checks. Following these tips will help you conduct successful background checks on job applicants and protect your business from bad hiring decisions:

  1. Be Thorough: Take into consideration everything from education to social media, from criminal records to employment references. Try locating patterns and making sure that you conduct exactly the same background check for all applicants. Don’t focus on just one area of interest.

  2. Don’t Discriminate: Avoid investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) by avoiding questions like “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” You shouldn’t look for negative information only. Instead, try locating positives that will help you choose the right candidate.

  3. Follow the Law: Depending on how you conduct a background check, you might need a written consent by the applicant. Make sure to know and follow the rules regarding background checks, because they may vary depending on your location. Always double check with your company’s legal counsel.

  4. Communicate Clearly: Don’t underestimate the value of face-to-face conversation. Engaging in a conversation with a potential employee can quickly resolve any misunderstandings.

  5. Get Professional Help: Don’t conduct a limited background check yourself. If possible, employ a specialized private eye agency to uncover exactly the information you need without violating privacy rights or any other laws.

As an employer, you want to make sure every job applicant is telling you the truth. That’s where background checks come in. To hunt for background information is the only way to properly complement a job interview, in order to ensure (as much as possible) that you will get what you were promised when scooping through those résumés.

The problem remains that even if employee background checks are a necessity, they are risky as well. What other tips or ideas would you share to properly conduct employee background checks while also protecting your business from liabilities? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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