Employment screening is a simple concept. The idea is to check the background of the candidates you are interested in hiring before a final hiring decision is made. Screening is typically performed late in the hiring process, applicable to candidates who have met other hiring criteria and are in the final running for a position.
In the employment screening process, a company gathers information to objectively evaluate a person’s qualifications, character, and fitness for the job, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons. Almost 90% of American corporations use background screening to inform employment-related decisions
An employment screen might include:
- Criminal background check
- Driving record check
- Employment verification
- Drug testing
- Education verification
- Other inquiries
On the surface, employment screening is simple. Hiring managers work with a background screening provider to order the necessary screening services and evaluate the results that come back. However, screening is also extremely nuanced with potential pitfalls every employer and hiring manager must be aware of. It’s not a simple matter of ordering and checking the box, and done!
On the contrary, smart employers know there’s more to the equation and the only way forward is a smart, well-planned approach.
Today we announce the launch of The Essential Employment Screening Guide for Employers. This guide offers a deep dive into the screening process and tools you can use to make better hiring decisions, avoid compliance mistakes, and build a safer, more productive workforce.
- How to plan and budget your background screening program
- FCRA and EEOC compliance essentials
- How to handle adverse action
- Why individualized assessments matter
- What Ban the Box is, and how it impacts you
- How to measure ROI
- And much, much more