Top Findings from Background Screening Trends Survey

Nick Fishman

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Despite an influx of legislation and accusations that employers are overinflating the importance of candidate background checks, a new survey from EmployeeScreenIQ finds that companies are using them responsibly to make hiring decisions in conjunction with qualifications and interviews.

The 2011 edition of “Trends in Employment Background Screening” examines how HR professionals are adapting to the rapidly-changing world of employment background screening. The 14-page report delves into heated issues such as hiring discrimination, credit checks, hiring matrices, social networking and more. Nearly 800 individuals from a wide range of organizations in the U.S. completed the survey, which was distributed in March.

Among the top findings:

  • Respondents are less concerned about EEOC inquiries and government interference in the background screening process than they are about a provider’s ability to deliver results and candidates with criminal records.
  • Respondents cited qualifications and interviews as the leading influencers when making hiring decisions, ranking candidates’ criminal records third in importance.
  • 66 percent of respondents never check social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and others for the purposes of conducting background check.
  • 92 percent of employers will reach out to candidates or consider job relevance when a background check reveals adverse information. Only 8% of respondents reject a candidate outright.
  • 21percent conduct credit checks on all employees while 33% don’t perform them at all.

Download a complimentary copy of “Trends in Employment Background Screening 2011” by visiting: http://www.employeescreen.com/2011_report.asp

This year’s survey refutes the outcry that employers are overinflating the importance of background checks and credit reports. The vast majority of respondents clearly stated that while background checks are essential, they are just one element of the hiring process.  The challenge ahead for organizations and HR professionals is to safely navigate these stormy waters by keeping informed and taking the proper steps to ensure compliance.

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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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