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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

Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic? How to Keep It On Track

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 25, 2020 11:01:55 AM

The United States is dealing with the spread of the Coronavirus and it’s affecting all aspects of life. Some industries are laying off workers as their operations slow down or close, while other industries, like healthcare, are ramping up.

If your organization is in a segment that is keeping business as almost-usual, you might be trying to move forward with hiring plans to fill open positions. But how?

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Topics: reference check, background screening company, background check, background checks, hiring process, Coronavirus, COVID-19

How to Handle Not Hiring Applicants Because of the Background Check

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 10, 2020 8:37:33 AM

Employers may spend weeks, or even months, recruiting, scouring resumes, and interviewing. Hiring managers might believe they found the perfect candidate, only to find unacceptable information during the background screening process.

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Topics: adverse action procedures, background checks, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services

Spooky Hiring Situations for Halloween 2019

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Trick or Treat!

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Topics: Good hiring practices, background checks, background screening practices, hiring process

Social Media Background Checks: Are They Okay?Ask #HR Bartender

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby

Apr 4, 2019 10:50:12 AM

Data Facts periodically shares insights from other publications that are relevant to our audience. This article was written by Sharlyn Lauby of #HRBartender and first appeared on HR Bartender.

I knew that today’s title will get your attention. I’ve been waiting for someone to send me this question! I’m sure this reader’s note will resonate with many: 

I have a question regarding social media. Last year, we came across a candidate who had a number of recent social media posts expressing racially charged views. We decided not to move this candidate along in the selection process as these posts didn’t reflect our company’s values. Our thought process was:
1) They’re a reflection of our brand and we don’t want to be associated with those views and,
2) Those views probably wouldn’t be good for employee morale. 
Were we wrong to use social media in this way? Is there a legal issue with making decisions like this in the future? Would appreciate your insight!
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Topics: Background screening, social media, Employer hot topics, industry expert, background checks, background check services

How to Rock Your Candidate Experience in 2019

Posted by Lisa May

Feb 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

“A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 44% of businesses are looking to hire full-time employees and 51% are planning to hire temporary employees. But 45% of those surveyed said they are unable to fill the much-needed positions due to the lack of qualified talent.”

The booming economy is creating many jobs. The older Boomers are leaving positions that are difficult to fill. These scenarios, coupled with the fact that the unemployment rate is hovering around 4%, the fight for high-performing employees might feel a bit like The Hunger Games. High-quality candidates are probably measuring your company and its offerings against multiple other organizations.

Their decisions could well be determined by how they are treated during the recruiting and interviewing process.

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Topics: background checks, candidate experience, company culture

7 Smart 2019 Background Screening Resolutions HR Should Make NOW

Posted by Julie Henderson

Dec 19, 2018 10:29:42 AM

With record low unemployment, finding, recruiting, and keeping high performing employees in your organization will be more challenging in 2019 than in the recent past. Even so, it’s entirely possible to be productive and successful in your hiring endeavors. It just takes planning and commitment.

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Here are 7 smart resolutions relating to background check processes that are essential for HR to consider in 2019 and beyond.

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Topics: background screening company, background screen, Compliance, adverse action procedures, background checks, background screening practices, background check services, hiring process

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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.