Pre-Employment Hiring: Are You Using Background Checks?

Human resource manager interviewing the male employment candidate in the office room after background checks

You think you have just found the perfect person to hire for one of your opening positions. The job candidate has an outstanding resume, the references are perfect, and the interview was flawless. You are ready to offer the candidate an offer he or she cannot refuse, but you are hesitant because you know that not everything is as good as it seems. Even though everything on your list has been checked off, you want to be certain that the candidate is the person you want to hire. So, what is your next step? Your next step would be to run a background check on the job candidate you are considering.

We know that many job candidates exaggerate on their resumes and they do not always show their true colors during interviews. Many employers have uncovered things that are not true or they find out the job candidates misrepresented themselves during the pre-employment screening process. We do not want you to experience the frustration and pain that can come with hiring the wrong candidate. This is why you cannot take every job candidate’s word. This does not mean you are being paranoid; it just means you are making a smart decision.

Pre-employment hiring screenings can often be misunderstood and we want you to be prepared so you will not fall into the trap of believing the myths and misconceptions.

Myth 1: Many Employers Do Not Use Background Checks

While there are some employers that skip background checks, the majority of employers do run background checks. The businesses that do run background checks do so because they know how much is at stake. Many employers have admitted they have hired the wrong person for a position because they failed to use background checks. We do not want you to be one of those employers. The employers who conduct background checks on all of their new employees do so because they want to hire the right candidate the first time.

Myth 2: Background Checks are Only Used to Check Criminal History

While knowing about a job candidate’s criminal background is very important, a criminal history is not the only thing that can be uncovered in a background check. There are many things that are analyzed when an employer uses a background check, including the following:

  • Credit history
  • Education Verification
  • Employment Verification
  • Licensing/Certification Verification

Learn More About Background Checks

We know it can be difficult to create an effective pre-employment hiring strategy. This is why it is important to know the rules and what to look for. For more information on pre-employment hiring and background checks, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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