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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

Why HR Should Expect Better Background Screening Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 11, 2016 9:24:27 AM

Hiring the right candidate in a timely manner sounds easy, but it’s a virtual minefield of disaster waiting at every step. A key component of a smart hiring decision is the background check.  It’s essential for HR professionals to invest in smart background screening practices to make sure they don’t get stuck with unsafe or unqualified employees. Candidates misrepresent themselves quite often, and companies need to catch these exaggerations before they extend an offer. .

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background check, EEOC, HR Professionals, Best Practices, employer compliance

Data Facts Talks Turkey About Background Screening

Posted by datafactssolutions

Nov 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The end of the year is also a time businesses need to look at their practices, and make sure they have the best hiring system possible going into the New Year.
This should include reviewing and revamping your background screening policy.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, background screen, background check, wordpress blog, Good hiring practices

Run Employers RUN! 3 Questions Background Screeners Must Answer RIGHT

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 20, 2015 9:41:10 AM

A background check is not automatically thorough and accurate, and the third party screening company you choose plays an integral role. Choosing a professional vendor for your background check reports is a key aspect of executing a safe hiring process that brings you the most qualified new employees.

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Topics: background screening company, Hiring, background check, criminal records search

Background Screening: Who Is the Unseen Risk to Your Workplace?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you perform a background check on your new hires, your company is protected, right?

Not if you are letting contract and temporary workers slip through the cracks.

The majority of companies have people on their premises that are not officially “company employees".

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, 2012 hiring, background screening company, background check, Data Facts

Background Screen Like A Ninja: Four Critical Points to Ponder

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The turtle may win the race, but the ninja employer stays in business!

 Today, company's face more challenges that ever before. Increased competition, greater regulation, and pricier raw materials all play major roles in a business's success or failure. 

Effective hiring practices also weigh heavily on a company's bottom line. Good hiring decisions result in great employees who build the company up, but bad employees, well, can tank it before your very eyes. It's essential for hiring managers to invest strategic thought into how they find and bring on top notch employees. 

Here are four points to ponder if you want to run a background check like a ninja. 

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, Good hiring practices, Data Facts, best onboarding practices, Reduce Employee Turnover

Healthcare License Verification and Monitoring Made Easy!

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Jun 9, 2015 9:46:00 AM

 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, Best Practices, Healthcare hiring, medical monitoring

Four Best Practices to Make Healthcare Hiring A Success

Posted by Susan McCullah

May 20, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Today, healthcare companies face a variety of hiring challenges. It is integral to an effective healthcare hiring policy for employers to invest time to ensure their policy for conducting a background check on applicants is relevant, compliant, and meets hiring regulations.

Here are four best practices to make healthcare hiring a success:

Ask some questions!

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, NAPBS accreditation, Background screening, background screening company, Healthcare HR, Healthcare hiring

Is Your Background Screening Process Doing What You Need?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 27, 2015 11:03:52 AM

If you are a normal HR professional, you have a hundred projects on your plate, and most of your time is probably not focused on background screening

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, background check, Data Facts

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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.