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Reinventing Your Workforce; HR's Post-Shutdown Options

Posted by Julie Henderson

Aug 13, 2020 1:14:00 PM

It’s all over the news.

States are opening back up after the COVID-19 shutdown shuttered millions of businesses over the past months. Employers and employees alike feel everything from hope to trepidation at the thought of getting back to work.

What does that mean for your organization, and your workforce?

While you are free to open (depending on your location and your type of business), there are many questions to answer about bringing your employees back.

Going back to work doesn’t mean business as usual.

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Topics: background screen, background check, Best Practices

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

HR’s Ultimate Background Screening Checklist

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 5, 2020 12:50:48 PM

Needle in a haystack?

Hiring quality employees can be challenging to any organization. However, high-performing A-players are essential components in building a well-oiled, successful company that can serve clients and maintain a competitive edge. Unfortunately, even candidates who look promising on paper and ace the interview might still be the wrong choice.

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Topics: background screen, background check, background screening practices, Employer use of criminal records, background check services, hiring process, employment laws, PBSA

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

Protect Your Senior Care Facility from Lawsuits and Be Prepared for the Possible Future:Begin Developing Your Nursing Home’s Resident Criminal Background Check Processes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 3, 2018 11:00:00 AM

A Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania nursing home is now paying $7.5 million after being held responsible for the sexual assault of one of its patients by a fellow resident. On the surface, that may sound incredibly unfair, but the details of the case highlight a growing problem in the senior care industry. The assailant was a man with a known criminal history of sexual misconduct, and the nursing home knew of his record. 

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Topics: Background screening, Baby Boomers, Criminal records, background screen, background check services

April Fool's Jokes Job Applicants Pull Year Round

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 30, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Opinions vary, but everyone agrees that what you see on the resume and application isn't necessarily truthful or to be taken at face value.

For 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 three April Fool's jokes applicants pull year round, and how a complete background check process helps you spot them a mile away before you make a hiring mistake. . 

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

Naughty or Nice? Know Your Job Candidates' History with Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Nov 30, 2017 9:40:40 AM

As the holiday season barrels upon us, we are reminded of the question "Were you naughty or nice?" If you are hiring, as many companies are, it pays to ask this question in a variety of ways.

Why? Because many of today's applicants have been naughty!

It's estimated almost half of resumes contain some type of mistruth. 

Inaccurate information ranges from small little exaggerations to big boldfaced lies. And not catching them can cost your company big!

Asking Santa for an honest employee is probably not the plan that is going to work for you!

Here are 4 background screening pointers that can help you decide if the sweet and professional-looking job applicant sitting in front of you has been naughty or nice. 

#1: Did they really study at that college or university? 

Naughty: 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. 

Keep it nice by: Ordering an education verification on any claims your applicant makes on attendance, degree obtained, or special certification. 

#2: Have they actually established a steady work history?

Naughty: Your applicant may be fudging the time they spent in a job, or make it up completely.

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 to claiming they were ‘self employed’ for a certain timeframe. Some applicants will even create jobs to cover gaps in employment.

Keep it nice by: Verifying all dates of employment with the employer, and looking closely and ask about any gaps.

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#3: Are they really as awesome as they claim?

Naughty: Applicants will inflate and exaggerate their performance and responsibilities to increase their chance of landing a job. They may even talk friends or family members into giving false references. 

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.

Keep it nice by: Using 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: Did they really have that job title?

Naughty: In an effort to get more money and a better title, some job seekers will make up or embellish their previous performance and experience.

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.

Keep it nice by: Thoroughly researching and reviewing information that backs up their claim by ordering a thorough employment verification. 

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 ending up with a naughty employee!

Happy Holidays!

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

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

What Employers Must Know About A Social Security Trace

Posted by Johnna Leeds

May 17, 2016 11:49:22 AM

The Social Security Number Trace, AKA “Alias Search” is a vital step in the background check process. Employers must understand its advantages as well as its limitations before utilizing it in their hiring process in order to maintain hiring compliance.

A social security trace IS: 

  • A powerful investigative tool that may provide information on an individual’s name, history, present and past addresses, and movement patterns based upon the applicant’s Social Security Number. 
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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Employment screening policy, background screen, background check, Good hiring practices, Compliance, social security trace, background check services

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

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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.