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The Technology Side of Background Screening HR Must Know

Posted by Tammy Henry

Jul 18, 2019 4:01:00 PM

By the very definition of the title Human Resources professional, the focus is primarily on, well, humans. HR is responsible for employee interactions, policies and procedures, choosing the best new hires, and many other responsibilities involving people.

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Topics: background check, HR Professionals, background screening practices, hiring process

Why HR Should Add Driver Screening to Their Hiring Process

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 31, 2018 1:06:16 PM

Driving is risky. Rampant smartphone use, construction, weather, and a variety of other factors work against drivers. It’s especially challenging for those who drive for a living. Add to that long hours of exhausted driving, potential issues with drugs or alcohol, and the chances of causing or being involved in an accident are above average.

At first glance, HR Professionals may think this article doesn’t pertain to them if they work in an industry besides transportation. However, organizations offering deliveries or employing a traveling sales staff are open to the costly risks that having drivers on the payroll brings.

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Topics: Background screening, HR Professionals, driver screening, hiring process

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

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

Five Ways Background Screening Boosts Your Bottom Line

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 19, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Savvy HR professionals understand that, in business, every road eventually leads back to the all-important bottom line. While there are other tasks and initiatives that require attention, each and every employee should ultimately focus on holding and increasing company revenue and profit.

Operating with any other goal will take you off course quickly, wasting company time and money.

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Topics: Background screening, Hiring, HR Professionals, background checks

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

Six Employer New Year's Resolutions to Rock 2016 Hiring

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jan 20, 2016 11:02:40 AM

As we merrily trot into the new year, there are probably 1000 tasks on our plates. As always, hiring the right people is one of the big ones. With the economic climate changes and Millennials flooding the workforce, HR professionals must re-think, revise, and re-new the way they use all hiring tools, especially background screening. Here are six employer new year's resolutions to rock 2016 hiring!

#1: I will be thorough. Slapping a database search order through the system and marking an applicant "screened" is, say it with me, Bad! Bad! BAD!

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Topics: Background screening, NAPBS, background check, EEOC, HR Professionals

4 Smart Ways to Combat Healthcare HR Growing Pains

Posted by Ginger Nixon

May 18, 2015 1:51:24 PM

With the adoption of health information technology (HIT) and the promotion of a nationwide health information exchange, healthcare organizations are finding themselves with changing HR needs. 

HR has to ensure its hospitals, nursing homes and managed care providers are staffed with qualified employees and address the ongoing demands HIT implementations have on their workforce.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. will add 5.6 million healthcare and social assistance jobs through 2020.  As one of the fastest growing sectors, here are four tips to alleviate healthcare HR growing pains:

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Topics: Background screening, Good hiring practices, HR Professionals, best onboarding practices, Reduce Employee Turnover, Healthcare HR

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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.