Accuracy in Employment Background Checks
April 23, 2013
As you might know, EmployeeScreenIQ released a new video series recently, entitled Quick Takes. Each monthly segment features a particular topic in the background screening industry. In addition to the series, we filmed footage of our panelists discussing the latest trends in the industry. We’re calling this additional footage our “roundtable” videos, all of which are currently available by visiting our EmployeeScreenIQ Video Library.
In recent months, one trending topic has been the accuracy of background checks, as portrayed by the media. One of our panelists, Jason Morris, president of ESIQ, poses the question, “Are the recent assessments of our industry by the media fair?” Our panelists had much to say on this issue, so I will highlight a few points.
- Angela Preston, our VP of Compliance & General Counsel, pointed out that the media’s portrayal of our industry is very one sided. Often the media has alleged that employment background checks are a barrier for job seekers and preventing them from landing the job, which might seem particularly troubling in our current economy.
- While the media might portray our industry in a negative light, it’s essential to consider the end goal of a background check. Kevin Bachman, ESIQ’s VP of Quality Service, stated that this is a “question with a lot of answers.” Most importantly, a background check should place quality and accuracy above all else. Kevin pointed out that it’s frustrating to see our industry portrayed in such a negative light by the media, as we hold ourselves to the highest standards possible. In addition, we are aware that there are other companies in the industry working to hold themselves to these standards as well.
- From a customer standpoint, Kelly Lucha, Director of Client Relations, stated that there is definitely a difference in standards amongst background screening companies and that “not every background screening provider is created equal.” In our experience, there is no standard background check for all clients; each client orders the right background check for their purposes.
- Additionally, there is a misconception that those with criminal records are automatically disqualified from a position. However, to the contrary, EmployeeScreenIQ finds that clients want to hire candidates who are ex-felons, which might sound odd initially, but these employers want to assist these candidates to transition back into the workforce. Ultimately, companies want the most qualified individuals, and a background check assists them to make the best hiring decision.
- With that being said, a background check allows clients to gather information so that the best choice will be made in regards to candidates with a criminal record. For example, if a candidate applies to work at a day care center, but they have been charged with a crime related to children, they should not be hired for that position. To find out more of what our panelists had to say on accuracy in background checks, watch the video above. Stay tuned for more videos from our Quick Takes Series, and in the meantime, check out our first video, Your Applicant’s Criminal Past: Does it Matter?
Also check out our post responding to one news story that expressed criticism of our industry: Background Checks Scrutinized by NBC’s Today Show
Quick Takes is a video series blending together bits of experience and expertise from EmployeeScreenIQ’s background screening experts. With a newsroom feel, discussions surround the latest issues in the background screening industry. All of the videos were filmed unscripted-giving you the opportunity to hear genuine responses from the professionals. Topics range from social media background checks to conducting a thorough criminal records search. We’re releasing a new video every month, so stay tuned.