We all aim to hire the right people, yet we hear stories and experience the perils of bad hires all too often. For this blog post, we turned to the published advice of a few well-known thought leaders for tips you can use to make better hiring decisions.
Posts Tagged: background checks
You need to hire a new manager. This role is crucial to your organization because the person in it will have some degree of autonomous control, and you need someone you can trust to use it well. This manager has to mirror your concern and commitment to the organization.
The problem with routine background checks… As long as nothing bad happens, you are “rewarded” for doing inadequate background checks. But there are several major problems with shallow or poorly designed background checks.
Publix joins a growing list of companies that have settled class action lawsuits that alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In this settlement, Publix admits to no violations of FCRA, but does agree to pay a total of $6.8 million. The issue in the case was the assertion that Publix failed to provide adequate… Read more »
People do lie on resumes. Or, at least they stretch the truth a bit. But how much? It’s a shockingly big number: 53% of job applications contain falsifications according to the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). This seems to indicate job applicants are trying very hard to stand out, and many of them embellish… Read more »
Even in this era of compliance, compliance, compliance, the most important job of an HR professional is to make a good hire. The right hire for the job leads to a good employee. In order to make the right choice, you need to know the truth about your applicants. Applicants, at the same time, have… Read more »
There’s no doubt that the most important thing about background screening is to get the accurate, relevant information you need to make good employment decisions. But even if we take this central goal as a given, the method you use to get the information can have a big impact on your direct cost, staff productivity,… Read more »
So, you want to know if your prospective employee has a criminal past? Looking into the criminal history of job applicants is a smart hiring practice. Given the high proportion of adult Americans with criminal records (the National Employment Law Project estimates 1 in four adults has a record of some kind), it is likely… Read more »
Despite how some may make it sound, spreading Ban the Box laws do not prohibit employers from using criminal background checks. Instead, the laws are designed to keep the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” off job applications to give applicants with a criminal history a greater chance of getting through an employer’s… Read more »
A few months ago, Facebook announced that it had 128 million daily unique users in the United States. That’s over 1/3 of the population who viewed, updated, and shared personal bits of information with a network of “friends”, each of whom has his or her own network. Inevitably, a lot of the people on Facebook—and… Read more »