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Where Does the Background Check Information Come From?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Where Does the Background Check Information Come From?

The background check is an essential part of the hiring process!

It’s a common misconception that there’s one huge database that employers and property managers can just search and find whatever information they need in order to complete a background check. If only it were that simple! In reality, there are actually hundreds of databases and sources that need to be checked and cross-checked and even then there may still be something that was reported erroneously. This is why the adverse action rules in the FCRA are so important. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows applicants to dispute background check information they believe to be untrue. So where is all of this background check data coming from? (more…)

A Brief History of Drug Testing

Friday, March 9th, 2018

 

A Brief History of Drug Testing

Drug testing is an important tool in keeping your business a drug-free environment.

Drug testing is an important tool in keeping your business a drug-free environment. Drug use has reached epidemic levels in many parts of the United States. Naturally, businesses owners want to protect themselves and their businesses from drug users. This need for caution brought on some big changes in the hiring process: drug testing. (more…)

Verifying Employment History

Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Verifying Employment History

An applicant may have a stellar resume, but when you do a bit of digging you could find out that they falsified employment information.

As a hiring manager, it is your job to make sure you hire the best applicants for the jobs. Unfortunately, people aren’t always truthful. An applicant may have a stellar resume, but when you do a bit of digging you could find out that they falsified employment information. Resume fraud is a rapidly growing problem, which makes verifying your applicants’ employment history essential. (more…)

Benefits of a Strong Drug Screening Policy

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Benefits of a Strong Drug Screening Policy

Despite the fact that recreational drug use is more prevalent than ever, fewer and fewer employers are choosing to conduct drug tests.

Despite the fact that recreational drug use is more prevalent than ever, fewer and fewer employers are choosing to conduct drug tests. In the mid 1990s, almost 80 percent of employers performed drug tests. Today, that number is under 50 percent. Unfortunately, business owners just aren’t seeing the many benefits of a strong drug screening policy. (more…)

Can An Employer Look at an Applicant’s Social Media Pages for Screening Purposes?

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Can An Employer Look at an Applicant’s Social Media Pages for Screening Purposes?

These days, nearly everyone has at least one social media page.

These days, nearly everyone has at least one social media page. In fact, a lot of people, especially millennials, have a profile on multiple networks. You can learn a lot about someone by looking at his or her social media pages. You probably even use some form of social media for recruitment purposes. While it is okay to use social media to learn more about an applicant, you should use caution when doing so. Keep in mind that when you’re screening job applicants, it is best to get your information from a certified background screening agency or site. (more…)

3 Reasons to Avoid Pre-Offer Background Checks

Friday, January 12th, 2018
3 Reasons to Avoid Pre-Offer Background Checks

At some point as a hiring manager you may have an interview that goes so well that you want to run the applicant’s background checks right away, before you officially offer them the job.

At some point as a hiring manager, you may have an interview that goes so well that you want to run the applicant’s background checks right away before you officially offer them the job. While you may not want to wait another minute, it might be a good idea for you to hold off. As long as you have the applicant’s written consent, there isn’t anything illegal about running the check ASAP, but it’s not a best practice. Here are a couple of reasons it’s a good idea to wait until after you put in an actual offer to run background checks. (more…)

3 of the Most Common Types of Drug Tests Explained

Friday, December 8th, 2017
3 of the Most Common Types of Drug Tests Explained

Here is an overview of three of the most common types of drug tests.

When you hear of drug tests, your mind will probably automatically go to urinalysis. This is understandable, because it is by far the most widely used method of testing. However, there are some others that organizations use as well. Here is an overview of three of the most common types of drug tests. (more…)

4 Reasons Why an Employer Would Perform a Credit Check

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
4 Reasons Why an Employer Would Perform a Credit Check

You really don’t need to know their credit score, but you can actually learn quite a bit about a person by looking at their credit history.

When interviewing potential employees, there are several things you look at: work history, experience, education, and so on. However, there is something else you really should be looking at: the applicant’s credit report. You really don’t need to know their credit score, but you can actually learn quite a bit about a person by looking at their credit history. Here are just a couple of the reasons you should add credit checks to your background screening process. (more…)

A Brief Guide to Background Checks for Your Small Business

Friday, September 22nd, 2017
A Brief Guide to Background Checks for Your Small Business

Unfortunately, people are seldom forthcoming about past criminal activity or other things that could hurt your small business.

Owning a small business is not an easy thing. Unfortunately, people are seldom forthcoming about past criminal activity or other things that could hurt your small business. This is one of many reasons why background checks are so important. As the owner of a small business, you need to protect yourself, your business, your family, and your other employees. Performing thorough background checks on prospective employees will help you do that. (more…)

Background Checks Reduce Hiring Bias

Friday, September 1st, 2017
Background Checks Reduce Hiring Bias

As a hiring manager, though, it is of the utmost importance that you not only become aware of your own biases, but learn how to not allow them to affect your work.

A large percentage of the population is biased in some way, most of us aren’t even aware of our own biases. As a hiring manager, though, it is of the utmost importance that you not only become aware of your own biases, but learn how to not allow them to affect your work. This isn’t always an easy thing to do, but hopefully this helps! (more…)