I guess you can’t blame Huffington Post blogger Erin Steiner for her post entitled “5 Stories of Background Checks Gone Awry” where she highlights five individuals who were adversely affected by inaccurate background checks. It’s time to acknowledge that we as background screening companies and employers have a perception problem. The mainstream media continues to highlight instances of inaccurate background checks as they occur. I think that’s fair. It shouldn’t happen.
Background screeners have a responsibility to their clients and to their clients’ employees and job candidates to ensure maximum possible accuracy. That means that they should confirm that the record belongs to the subject of the report before ever reporting the information. Employers, hiring managers and human resources can’t walk away blameless either. They have a responsibility to partner with suppliers that are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure the results are reliable..
That begs the question of whether the perception fair? [...]