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5 Background Check Mistakes that Can Derail Your 2021 Hiring Success

Posted by Susan McCullah

Feb 11, 2021 1:45:00 PM

As we look at 2020 in the rearview mirror, our thoughts turn to the year ahead. New Years marks a fresh start and a chance to do things better than we did in years past.

HR professionals should take this time to think about their hiring process and how they can improve it. After all, with the vaccine on the horizon for everyone, 2021 is bound to shake things up in the workforce in a variety of ways.

Making sure you crush the hiring process, land A-players, and onboard them successfully is a top priority in 2021. Unfortunately, there may be actions you’re currently taking that work against you. Here are 6 background check mistakes that can derail your 2021 hiring success.

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, background screening company, background screen, background checks, salary history question

Background Screening Trends that Are Either IN or OUT for 2021

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 29, 2020 10:15:27 AM

Just like fashion, background screening changes every year. Some things that were in one year are out the other. While certain staples make up a background check, the way we use the information evolves.

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Topics: background screening company, criminal records search, background checks, background screening practices, employer compliance, salary history ban

Is Your Driver Screening and Monitoring Process on the Right Road?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 16, 2020 2:30:00 PM

HR is responsible for many important actions regarding a company’s employees. One of the main risks to an organization is employing unsafe drivers. An employee who operates a vehicle as part of their job opens the business up to potential lawsuits and fines in several ways.

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Topics: MVR, Motor Vehicle Records, Employer hot topics, background checks, driver screening, driver screening and monitoring process

Athens to Zanzibar: How Are You Screening International Candidates?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 3, 2020 1:23:19 PM

There was a time when most people lived their entire lives in one or two area codes. That has changed dramatically. With the internet and easy travel, people are moving further away and more often. When you’re trying to hire the best job candidates, you may find they’ve spent significant time living, studying, or working in another country. Just ordering a background check on the current county or state they reside in now may miss something. How can you make sure their background check returns all the information you need to see?

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Topics: criminal records search, background checks, international background screening, hiring process

10 Reasons HR Should Background Check Current Employees

Posted by Susan McCullah

Dec 1, 2020 12:24:57 PM

Smart HR Professionals know that mediocre employees can, with time and coaching, sometimes become high performers. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

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Topics: Employment screening policy, background checks, employer compliance, background check current employees

7 Questions Your Background Screener Should Be Able to Answer for You

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 30, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Running a background check on your potential employees is a smart, easy, cost-effective way to gain insight into their history, experience, and behaviors. Serious issues that may not be apparent on a person’s CV or in the interview may be uncovered with a simple criminal records search or employment verification.

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Topics: Criminal records, background screen, background check, background checks, background screening practices, hiring process, choosing the best vendors

Do Your Background Checks Cost Too Much? Read This

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM

We’ve all heard the saying “you get what you pay for” but do any of us follow those words of wisdom all the time? Cheaper prices are tempting because it lets us keep money in our pocket to spend on other things.

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Topics: Background screening, background checks, Vendor Management, choosing the best vendors, background screening process

The Nitty Gritty of Background Screening Adverse Action Procedures

Posted by Johnna Leeds

Aug 31, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Background screening is an essential part of hiring. It helps you land the best people for both the job and your workplace. 9 out of 10 companies today use some type of background check for their hiring process.

It’s important that HR professionals and others involved in hiring understand there are compliance requirements for using background screening information to help make hiring decisions. One of the most crucial, and the most misunderstood, is the adverse action requirement.

If you decide not to hire a person because of the background check, your responsibility doesn’t end there.

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Topics: background screening company, FCRA, Good hiring practices, EEOC, adverse action procedures, background checks

Tell Me No Lies…In the Interview

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 4, 2020 9:42:56 AM

“I don’t believe you.”

While we probably don’t need to come right out and say that to job candidates’ faces, it’s important to understand that everything they are telling you may not be the whole truth.

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Topics: Background screening, faking degrees, background screening company, background screen, background check, resume lies, 7 steps, Best Practices, social security trace, background checks, background screening practices, Verifications

Bob and Weave: Changes to Keep HR Effective During COVID-19

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 7, 2020 10:30:00 AM

To say 2020 came in like a fire breathing dragon on a drunken bender is putting it mildly. But don’t let business complications stemming from COVID-19 knock you off your game. HR must move forward in their efforts to serve their company’s job applicants and employees well.

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Topics: background check, criminal records search, background checks, hiring process, candidate experience, Coronavirus, COVID-19, QuickApp

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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.