Background Checks Reduce Hiring Bias

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!

Become Aware of Biases

The first step to reducing bias is to become aware of its existence. Most of the time, the bias isn’t super obvious, and sometimes it is. Here are a few examples:

  • Looking for someone similar to yourself- This is borne of a belief, whether conscious or not, that there is only one type of person that can handle a certain job.
  • Making assumptions- This is perhaps the most common bias of all. When you make an assumption about someone based on how they look, the school they went to, or anything else and then constantly dig for evidence to confirm your own assumptions. This is dangerous because while you’re digging to confirm often false information about someone, you could be overlooking important qualifications.
  • Gut feeling- If a hiring manager passes over an applicant because of a “gut feeling”, this is just another form of bias, whether that person is aware of it or not.

Background Checks to Reduce Bias

The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows applicants to dispute background check results that they believe to be untrue. A potential employer cannot take an applicant out of the hiring pool based on false information.

Fair Chance and Ban the Box regulations are popping up all over the country to try and give applicants with a criminal history a fairer chance by making companies wait until later in the hiring process to check these records. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Asks employers to look at 3 things when going through an applicant’s criminal background:

  • Nature and gravity of the crime
  • How much time has passed since the crime was committed
  • Will the crime affect the nature of the job being applied for?

BACKGROUND CHECKS TO GIVE YOU THE BEST APPLICANTS

AIR Pre-Employment Screening Services is ready to provide you with quality tenant screening for all of your properties, including driving record screening, criminal records searching, drug testing, identity verification, and even screening personal and professional references. We have over 20 years of experience in our field and we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, incomparable accuracy, and quick reporting. For more information on our services, contact P.J. Davis at pjdavis@air-prehire.com, call 410-654-5665, or visit our website at http://www.air-prehire.com/.

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