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

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

5 Tips Employers Should Know About International Background Screening

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 31, 2017 12:57:42 PM

Today’s workforce has more people who have lived, worked, or studied abroad than at any other time. Global living poses a unique challenge to employers during the background screening process. How can you access a background check from another country and review the applicant’s history and still maintain the compliance and integrity of your background screening process?

Background screening reports are available from a wide variety of foreign countries.

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Topics: international background screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company

Results from Background Screening Survey Conducted for NAPBS

Posted by NAPBS

May 23, 2017 9:09:39 AM

This article was originally posted by National Association of Professional Background Screeners at http://www.napbs.com/NAPBS/assets/File/NAPBS_Survey.pdf

As employers seek to make informed decisions related to their hiring, ensure safety in our workplaces and communities, and retain the most qualified candidates and mitigate risk, they are increasingly turning to a professional background check to accomplish their goals.

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Topics: background check, background screening company, background screening practices, Employment screening policy, NAPBS, HR Professionals

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

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

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

Employer Hot Topics Businesses Must Know

Posted by ESLTG

Apr 21, 2016 10:09:25 AM


Litigation against employers is on the rise, and companies must strive to protect themselves against hiring lawsuits.

Key hot litigation targets can cause big problems to employers who are not aware and prepared. 

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Topics: background screening company, background check, FCRA, Litigation avoidance, negligent hiring, Employer hot topics

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.