7/6/2010 Top 10 Trends in Employment Background Screening

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July 6, 2010- TLNT.com

By John Hollon

I’m still digging out of things that stacked up while I was off at the annual SHRM conference in San Diego last month, and here’s one of those things: the latest take on trends in employment background screening.

This comes courtesy of a survey conducted by EmployeeScreenIQ and, “was completed by 606 individuals from a wide range of organizations in the U.S. in May 2010. It provides a reliable snapshot of how organizations currently use background checks, how their use has changed in recent years, and what lies ahead.”

The respondents are largely from smaller companies – 61 percent are from organizations with 500 or fewer employees – but I think you’ll agree that the survey results are likely to apply to just about any size business at all.

The introduction to the 2010 Trends in Employment Background Screening survey (and you can download a free copy here ) states it pretty plainly – “Human resources managers have a duty to avoid bad hires” – and that’s why I found the Top 10 findings from the survey to be pretty interesting.

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I met Nick Fishman, the company’s co-founder and currently its executive vice president and chief marketing officer, at SHRM San Diego. I was struck not only by how much he knows about background screening, but also how focused he is about the standards and practices that the industry needs to follow in order to conduct background checks in a fair and credible way during these challenging times for both employers and prospective employees. The conclusion to the 2010 Trends in Employment Background Screening survey makes this point as well:

“Background screening has become a standard and important part of the hiring process. Furthermore it has become more important in recent years and is likely to become more widespread. Hiring managers support background checks and candidates accept the need for them. The area that is most sensitive is credit checks, particularly because a bad economy has left many people with poor credit histories. The challenge for organizations will be to ensure they get high quality background checks and use them routinely in a climate where untruthful resumes seem more common and the risks of bad hiring are greater.”

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