EmployeeScreenIQ’s Annual List of Background Check Turkeys

Nick Fishman

On this Eve of Thanksgiving Eve (yes, I’ve just created two new holidays), we are all looking forward to the greatest holiday of all time and can only hope that when the turkey emerges from his cave this year that he will see his shadow and there will be six more weeks of Thanksgiving!!!!

So what better way to kick off the festivities than with our Annual List of Employment Background Check Turkeys.  Who could forget this motley group of fools that we’ve chronicled over the past year?

  • Let’s start with Anita Collins, a New York Archdiocese clerk who stole more than $1 million from the church’s youth education fund.
  • How about the state of Florida who didn’t think it was important to conduct employee background checks on those working with children at camps?  The result? 1 in 8 camps was run by someone with a criminal record.
  • Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s head chef didn’t get an opportunity to cook Thanksgiving this year after it was discovered that he had been convicted of embezzlement.  Isn’t that what pre-employment background screening is for?
  • Who could forget Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson who was found to have lied about his academic qualifications?  A simple Education Verification might cooked that turkey long before he has promoted to the top job.
  • Let’s give a shout out to the group of employers that thought it might be a good idea to ask prospective employees for the social media passwords; all two of them.  And while we’re there, let’s recognize the politicians who decided this problem was so rampant, they’d actually spend time crafting a bill to ban the practice.
  • Put your hands together for Shena Hardin who was ordered to declare to the world that she was an idiot after driving up on a curb to get around a school bus that was loading special needs children.
  • And lastly, the gaggle of background check turkeys we chronicled in our white paper and on our webinar, Applicants Do the Darndest Things: How HR Can Spot Candidates Who Game the System.

Now, as we prepare to sit on the couch, watch the parade and football games and stuff our belly’s while expanding our special Thanksgiving elastic waisted pants, I invite you to enjoy the smooth musical stylings of one Adam Sandler.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Nick Fishman
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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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