Posts By: Michael Gaul

Does Your Background Screening Company Offshore Personally Identifiable Information?

In an effort to save costs and undercut competitors’ prices, some background screening companies choose to outsource some or all of their employment screening duties to lower-cost overseas suppliers. These screening companies are, unfortunately, not obligated to disclose their off-shoring practices, leaving you, your applicants, and your employees unaware that personally identifiable information may be… Read more »

How to Evaluate Emerging Offerings in Reference Checking

A recent two-part article written by well-known HR thought leader, Dr. John Sullivan, and published on ERE.net explored the question, “What’s Wrong with Reference Checking?” Pretty much everything, was the overarching opinion. In part one, Dr. Sullivan included a long list of factors that routinely plague the reference check process and suggested that the only… Read more »

From Virtual Job Interviews to Online Reference Checks, Hiring Hits the Web

A recent email from GreenJobInterview.com caught our attention this week. The company is the leader in live virtual interviews using web-based technology to facilitate face-to-face meetings between an interviewer and candidate, and joining participants together in a virtual, real-time meeting room. As such, hiring managers can readily interview their top candidates anywhere in the world… Read more »

United Airlines Pilot Grounded for Posing as Cardiologist

You might assume that those who work in high-trust professions, such as medical doctors, would naturally adhere to a strict set of ethics, and therefore may not require the same strict background screening that would apply to a financial advisor or bank teller, for example. The recent story of a United Airlines pilot posing as… Read more »

WikiLeaks the Subject of Background Checks for State Department Employees

According to a recent Fast Company magazine article, “the U.S. State Department is reportedly threatening to deny some bloggers and social media users security clearances.” Of course they aren’t referring to just any bloggers or just any social media users; they are referring to federal job applicants who have posted links or references to a… Read more »

D.C. Parks and Rec. Fails to Perform Background Checks?

The Washington Times recently reported that the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, after receiving nearly $1 million a year to provide child care services under the federal Head Start program, failed to meet basic background check requirements for its employees. The findings came from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services audit of… Read more »

Free Webinar December 15, 2010 – Employment Verifications: “There Must Be a Better Way”

In case you missed our webinar last month, we have scheduled a second installment of our Employment Verifications webinar. Join us for this free webinar to learn: * The role of employment verifications and reference checks in the hiring process * Why employment verifications and reference checks have decreased in value * How to put… Read more »