Top Background Screening Survey: Criminal Records or Qualifications?
March 12, 2012
EmployeeScreenIQ recently released our annual background screening trends survey: “Threading The Needle: Employment Background Screening in an Age of Increased Litigation and Legislation.” More than 650 HR professionals from across the country, in organizations large and small, shared their thoughtful (and sometimes surprising) insights on everything from falsified resumes to the phenomenon of Facebook in our revealing 20-page report. Listed below is one of our Top Findings which deals with the how much influence a criminal record has on hiring eligibility.
Qualifications vs. Criminal Records
In keeping with the findings of our survey last year, this year’s results show once again that qualifications are more important than criminal records to the great majority of respondents—73% in 2012, up from 70% in 2011. These findings continue to challenge the EEOC’s position—and legislators’ concerns—that organizations place far too much emphasis on criminal records. The findings also support employers’ longstanding contention that their background checks are just one of many considerations in the hiring process. This is why resumes, interviews and personal references are also highly valued in reviewing candidates.
As employers search for qualified talent, they will have to continue to walk a tightrope of sorts, balancing their need to know everything they can to make an informed hiring decision that minimizes risk while accounting for the growing legislative and litigation activity.