Another exciting industry trend that continued throughout 2016 was the increase in use of big data to streamline hiring decisions as well as evaluate hiring trends, and is very useful to employers in many aspects. “Big data is the process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types -- i.e., big data -- to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful business information.”
According to Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “Big Data has the potential to drive innovations that reduce bias in employment decisions.” Yang also cautioned that Big Data tools “are designed to promote fairness and opportunity, so that reliance on these expanding sources of data does not create new barriers to opportunity.”
Best Practices for background screening in Big Data
- EEOC recommends individualized assessment prior to making a hiring decision on a criminal record. Tracking your decision making through “Big Data”.
- Using your applicant tracking system and background screening systems for analytics and reporting.
- Expanding your ability to use Big Data to advance civil rights and opportunity.
- Our clients have the ability to escalate and track decision making through WebACE™. Ask your Sales Representative for additional information.