-KG April 9, 2015
- 86 percent of employers have uncovered lies or misrepresentations on resumes or job applications.
- 72 percent said background screening uncovered issues they would not have otherwise found.
- 32 percent do not check previous employment or references.
- Ensure screening inquiries are related to the position being filled.
- Ask for consent. The screening provider should require an applicant release form is completed and signed.
- The screening provider can provide information about what inquiries or checks are commonly requested for certain positions. Some organizations have matrices that detail what areas are to be checked before an applicant is on-boarded. There also may be government regulations that govern how employers perform background screening.
- Know and comply with local laws. In the U.S., it’s important to ensure that both your organization and the screening provider comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act rules and any relevant “ban the box” legislation, restricting questions about criminal history on the employment application.
- Stay informed of screening guidelines. Employers must be aware of the changing laws from many different jurisdictions. It can be helpful to have a knowledgeable legal partner to stay aware of and adhere to new laws and regulations.