Blog

 
     

Background Checks Must Be Comprehensive to Be Fully Effective

By Michael Klazema on 2/6/2020

The resume is meant to be one of the cornerstones of the employment application process, a record of an individual's skills and qualifications that gives an employer a first look at someone's suitability. How can an employer be sure that the information on a resume is accurate? Honesty may be the best policy, but in a competitive job market in which applications and interviews often have high stakes, resume falsehoods are pervasive. 

For some applicants, dishonesty appears as a fib about their proficiency with office productivity software. For others, the drive to obtain a prestigious or well-paying position can lead to much larger falsehoods concerning critical areas such as education and employment history. The result: if a business does not carefully screen for these occurrences, they could allow an unqualified person into a prominent position. 

These concerns don't only affect the private sector. In 2019, a senior official in the State Department was ousted after a news report revealed that her resume was littered with falsehoods. Among them were a fake cover appearance on Time magazine and misrepresenting her educational background, stating that she was a Harvard alumna when she had only attended a short course at the school. The woman served in her senior role for almost seven months before State Department officials uncovered the lies as part of vetting her for a different senior position.

The incident raises several questions and highlights the importance of using a comprehensive background check. It is not enough to examine an individual's criminal history to determine their suitability, though that is an essential step. 

Augmenting the results of a federal background check with services such as the verification of an individual's educational credentials from backgroundchecks.com can help to highlight important facts. Incorporating these steps into a comprehensive process saves time while enhancing an employer’s confidence in applicant capabilities. 

When everything on a resume is above board, employers can move forward with greater peace of mind; when discrepancies arise, they can choose to probe into them or simply move on to the next candidate. Vetting and verifying the information that applicants supply about themselves can yield valuable insights if these efforts fall within the legal boundaries of the FCRA

The alternative is risk allowing an unqualified individual to slip through the cracks. Though the State Department official did not face allegations of wrongdoing in her official duties, the potential for such hazards to occur could represent too much risk for businesses. 

The solution is simple: adopt a more comprehensive policy that looks at the whole applicant, not one aspect of their character. With the right tools from backgroundchecks.com, you can begin to take these steps today.




Tag Cloud
Categories
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • February 13 In its pursuit of municipal contracts, one of the world's largest private security companies faces intense questions over reports of lax procedures and questionable hiring choices.
  • February 11 Should your business be running social media background checks? For many reasons, this background screening is not the right choice for most employers.
  • February 06

    Should background checks only concern criminal history? Issues with federal hiring highlight the need to look beneath the surface by examining applicant claims.

  • February 04

    Could your business be vulnerable to a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)? A recent settlement between the EEOC and Dollar General outlines how a criminal history background check policy can inadvertently lead to discrimination.

     

  • January 30 AI is among the most popular tech buzzwords in every industry today, including the hiring sector. Developers contend that AI tools will ultimately eliminate bias, but doubts remain.
  • January 28

    A recent New York law restricts landlords in their ability to conduct tenant background checks or evict problem tenants. Some landlords are pushing for its repeal. 

     

  • January 28

    The concept of “passing” or “failing” a background check is difficult to understand because there are so many factors at play. Here’s what you need to know about failing a background check. 

  • January 23 Following the 2019 murder of an elderly woman by an in-home appliance installation subcontractor, Florida's legislators consider imposing new background check requirements.
  • January 21

    Employers often include language in their postings or job applications about applicants “passing” a background check to be hired. We look at what it means to pass background checks and how job seekers should proceed.

  • January 21 The Fair Chance Act is the latest law within the growing trend of ban the box legislation. The difference between this law and the ones that have come before it is that the Fair Chance Act is federal.