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Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager for Data Facts Background Screening Division.
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Hiring Technology Trends that HR Pros Must Understand 

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 20, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Remember when you just placed a want ad in the newspaper when you needed to hire someone?

Seasoned HR professionals have experienced a myriad of changes in hiring over the last decade, and new HR pros probably wouldn’t even recognize how we did it “back in the day.”

The changes keep coming!

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, background checks, 2017 Hiring, hiring process

Worried About A Compliant Background Screening Process?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 31, 2017 9:52:21 AM

Scary scenarios are blasted over the news quite often these days. 

“Company 123 has broken "Ban the Box" rules"

"Company 456 has been sued for millions because of negligent hiring practices"

"Company 789 is liable for big bucks because their hiring practices are discriminatory"

These examples are proof that it's time to take your background check process seriously. While it may seem overwhelming to try to create and execute compliant hiring practices, all it takes is a bit of organization and education. 

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Topics: background screening company, Hiring, background check, Data Facts, background screening practices, employer compliance

Healthcare Background Screening Just Got Easier, and More Thorough

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 17, 2016 11:30:00 AM

There are few industries more regulated the than healthcare industry. Not only are there seriously stiff fines in play for non-compliance, many positions in the healthcare field are literally involved in life-and-death actions and decisions. 

Healthcare background checks are critical in making certain the best, safest hiring decisions are made. Data Facts has helped healthcare HR professionals make these decisions for many years, and recently added another product to their solution suite.

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Topics: background screen, Healthcare HR, Healthcare hiring

Background Screening Basics: Tips HR Can Use to Detect A Fake Degree

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 5, 2016 9:20:00 AM

HR Professionals know just how important education can be as a foundation for shaping a qualified employee. There are many positions where a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD. is imperative when choosing the person to fill it.

Unfortunately, this requirement can turn people into, well, truth-stretchers.

Education is one of the biggest areas where job applicants fudge or completely fabricate information on their resumes and applications. Maybe they lack a few hours from getting their degree, or maybe they never even stepped foot in one single class!

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Topics: Background screening, faking degrees, background screening company, background check, degree fraud

Five Actions HR Should Take If Someone Doesn't Pass A Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 23, 2016 9:45:30 AM

So, you found a job candidate that seems well-qualified, honest, and ready to fill your open position.

When you receive their background screening report, however, you see that, Ba-Bam, they are not going to work out.

Perhaps their background check uncovered a felony   

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Topics: Background screening, background check, Good hiring practices, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, employer compliance

Five Ways Background Screening Boosts Your Bottom Line

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Savvy HR professionals understand that, in business, every road eventually leads back to the all-important bottom line. While there are other tasks and initiatives that require attention, each and every employee should ultimately focus on holding and increasing company revenue and profit.

Operating with any other goal will take you off course quickly, wasting company time and money.

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, HR Professionals, background checks

"Instant" is Bad for Coffee AND Background Searches

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 27, 2016 10:11:34 AM

The 21st century is the age of instant. From texts, pictures, and phone calls, to finding the name of the boy who played the youngest Brady kid, we have information and communication at our fingertips, available in seconds. 

Is that why employers are crazy about the idea of an instant background check

We hear about them everyday from clients, and competitors constantly tout instant criminal records searches returned in seconds. 

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Topics: credit checks, background check, Litigation avoidance, background screening practices, background check services

Top Mistakes HR Makes In Screening Their Talent

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 10, 2016 10:48:07 AM

Background screening practices are an integral part of savvy talent management. Companies with comprehensive, consistent background check plans are more likely to eliminate potential employees who would pose risk to the workplace. Background screening helps bring to light false qualification claims and unsavory activities that would be detrimental to a business.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, EEOC, background checks, background screening practices

Seeking Summer Volunteers? Don't Forgo Background Checks!

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 14, 2016 11:00:00 AM

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 62 million people volunteered at least once from September 2014 to September 2015.

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background screen, FCRA, adverse action procedures, volunteer background check, volunteer background screening

April Fool's Jokes Job Applicants Pull All Year Long

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 1, 2016 8:30:00 AM

lying_man.pngIt's estimated almost half of resumes contain some type of mistruth. HR professionals and hiring managers who take the claims at face value, well, the joke could very well be on you! 
Inaccurate information ranges from small little exaggerations to big boldfaced lies. And not catching them can cost your company big!
Here are four April Fool's jokes applicants pull all year long, and how background screening helps you spot them a mile away. 

#1: The "I atttended that university" farce. 

Applicants may list a degree when they only attended classes at a university or college, or may not have ever stepped foot on the campus. 

Don't fall for it by: Order an education verification on any claims your applicant makes on attendance, degree obtained, or special certification. 

#2: The "I worked there 5 years" hoax. A staggering third of all resumes are estimated to contain some sort of fraudulent dates of employment. This can range from stretching employment dates to cover job gaps (or something more sinister like jail time), to claiming they were ‘self employed’ for a certain timeframe. Some applicants will even create jobs to cover gaps in employment.

Don't fall for it by: Verify all dates of employment with the employer, and look closely and ask about any gaps.

#3: The "these people think I'm awesome" shenanigan. A good portion (estimated at 27%) of all resumes contains a false reference. Applicants may lie about this because they had poor performance at their previous job, or may have fabricated their entire work history. The potential hire may submit incorrect or incomplete reference information in hopes you won't take the time to ‘track down’ the reference. The resume may also contain fraudulent information that directs employers to friends or family members-claiming they are managers or co-workers-that report in glowing terms on the applicant.

Don't fall for it by: Use a professional background screening company to follow up with references and ask specific questions pertaining to the applicant's performance and pay. Verify every claim. 

#4: The "I was VP of Everything" monkeybusiness. Lots of applicants believe they can land a higher paying position by fabricating a higher job title. Many candidates will ‘promote themselves’ to a title several levels higher than their real one in hopes that the potential employer will offer them a similar position to the one showing on their resume.

Don't fall for it by: Dig for information that backs up their claim by ordering a thorough employment verification. burning_money_in_fist.jpg

REMEMBER: the consequences of being duped by a resume lie are high. An employee that is a bad fit can also cost a company customers, inventory costs, and even litigation expenses. 

HR professionals must take measures to protect their company from a dishonest job applicant by looking at resumes and applications with a critical eye and verifying all information on the resume. Partnering with a professional background screening company minimizes the changes of the joke being on you!

Have a Happy April Fool's Day!

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background screen, HR Professionals

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.