Ben Goldberg, CEO of Aurico
Going deeper than what you see in a candidate’s resume is becoming more and more crucial as the competition in the job market continues to stay fierce. Candidates resort to practices such as embellishing or misrepresenting themselves to appear attractive to companies that are hiring. Some trained HR professionals might spot these details, but many of these so-called facts may not reveal themselves until a thorough background check is performed.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, the majority of employers (72 percent) background check every new employee before they’re hired, but more than a quarter (28 percent) don’t at all. Similarly, while many (55 percent) drug test employees, only one in five (20 percent) continue to once an employee has been hired.
Those who do background check are analyzing these aspects:
- Criminal background: 82 percent
- Confirm employment: 62 percent
- Confirm identity: 60 percent
- Confirm education: 50 percent
- Check for illegal drug use: 44 percent
- Check licensing: 38 percent
- Credit check: 29 percent
Knowing as much as possible about your potential hires is crucial. After all, the individual you hire will have access to critical data and documents that belong to your organization. And, if you hire the wrong person, you’ll likely find yourself looking for ways to reassign the employee or working tirelessly to fit him or her into the organization in some other way. Rather than simply letting the employee go, you’ll owe it to him or her to spend time and money on training and ongoing reviews. Eventually, he or she may become a satisfactory employee for your business, but there’s also a chance it just won’t work out. Either way, that bad hire is a drain on resources.
The Cost of a Bad Hire
According to the CareerBuilder survey, 75 percent of employers said they have hired the wrong person for a position, and of those who had a bad hire affect their business in the last year, one bad hire costs them nearly $17,000 on average.
When classifying what makes someone a bad hire, employers reported these issues:
- The employee didn’t produce the proper quality of work: 58 percent
- The employee had a negative attitude: 52 percent
- The employee didn’t work well with other employees: 51 percent
- The employee’s skills did not match what they claimed to be able to do when hired: 49 percent
- The employee had immediate attendance problems: 45 percent
Background checks can help employers avoid making a bad hire. Among those who had a bad hire, 37 percent said it was because the candidate lied about his/her qualifications. The price of a bad hire like this adds up in a variety of ways. The most common ways employers say a bad hire affected their business in the last year are:
- Less productivity: 36 percent
- Compromised quality of work: 33 percent
- Affected employee morale negatively: 31 percent
- Lost time to recruit and train another worker: 30 percent
- Cost to recruit and train another worker: 30 percent
Conducting Better Background Checks
Although the phrase “background check” is common in HR vocabulary, are you doing the right things to keep your company out of trouble? Here are three tips to follow:
Establish a standard policy: Having a mandatory background screening policy for every employee in an institution, from entry-level to the c-suite, not only provides clear guidelines for security, recruiting and HR professionals, but also eliminates any appearance of inconsistencies when checks are made.
Don’t forget international background checks: The workforce has become more global than ever before, and it is a best practice to check the backgrounds of all applicants who were born, educated or have worked outside the United States.
Know the regulations: There are regulations at both state and federal levels. Some information, such as arrest records that did not result in a conviction, cannot be accessed via a background check. The Fair Credit Reporting Act sets national standards employers must follow when conducting an employment background check.
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