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5 Misconceptions about Background Screening - Busted
Background Checks for Workplace Safety
Role of ATS in Background Screening

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April 2014

Message from Our President, Sandra James   


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"April showers bring May flowers" is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things can bring about very enjoyable things: it is a timeless lesson in patience.

Many of life's greatest things come only to those who wait, and by patiently and happily enduring the clouds and damp weather of April, you can find yourself more easily able to take in the beautiful sights and aromatic smells of May.

Although background screening can be tedious and time consuming, the benefits of comprehensive employment background screening include: increased applicant and new hire quality, reduced workplace violence, reduced negligent hiring liability, and making the right hiring decision the first time. The bottom line is that pre-employment background checks help an organization be more successful.  
Background checks are inherently viewed as a way to pinpoint negative information, but background checks also locate positives that will help you choose between two well-qualified candidates.
You can get more information on common misconceptions in our article 5 Common Misconceptions About Background Screening. You can also read up on the importance of background checks in the articles Background Checks for Workplace Safety and The Role of ATS in Background Screening.


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5 Misconceptions About Background Screening - Busted!

John is a marketing analyst. Recently, he got interviewed in a one of the big marketing firms in California. He aced the interview with flying colors. The last words of his interviewer were, "We really like your profile. Once we are done with the background check, we'll hand you the offer letter." John doubted that the interviewer is making a euphemistic excuse to say NO!


It is only natural to get skeptical when you are so close to get your dream job.  No wonder, pre-employment screening has become vulnerable to misconceptions.  Candidates are full of presumptions about screening process and more often than not, they have the wrong notions. Here we have busted the common 5 misconceptions about background screening.

1.Background checks are costly and can only be afforded by large organizations

The total costs of running a standard background check always turn out to be lesser than the eventual cost of bad hires. Bad hires cost heavily to the small organizations, much more that what they cost to large organizations. Background checks are essential for assuring a safe and sound work environment and both small and large organizations benefit immensely from such checks.



Background Checks for Workplace Safety

Most of us spend 1/3 of our day at workplace. It is imperative for employers to ensure workplace safety for its employees and customers. If the employer shows negligence and recruits an employee without performing proper pre-employment screening, he might be putting his workforce at risk. A bad hire with a criminal record or drug abusing background can vandalize your office or harm one of your employees and customers. As per the federal laws, an employer is held equally responsible for any of his wrong actions.

Being proactive and performing a proper background check on prospective employees keep your organization's good will, minimize the possibility of theft and violence and ensures safety and security at workplace. A comprehensive background check for ensuring workplace safety consists of performing criminal record check and employee drug testing.

  1. a.       Criminal Record Check    

Conducting criminal background checks ensures that the employees you hire are trustworthy and have not been involved in any criminal activities in the past. Performing such checks is mandatory under federal laws. Conducting background checks becomes all the more important when it is related to professions involving women and children. Surveys conducted by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) clearly indicates a constant rise in the percentage of employers conducting criminal background checks on their prospective employees.




The Role of ATS in Background Screening

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application, designed to help companies make their hiring process smoother, more streamlined and error-free. Apparently, integrating ATS with background screening can be very useful for saving costs and minimizing the bad hiring. But to enable a seamless integration, a healthy coordination is needed between ATS vendors and background screeners.


The Need

ATS uses a single platform to perform a wide range of functions through the recruitment process.

  • Posting job openings on an online portal
  • Screening resumes and sending interview calls to selected candidates
  • Individual applicant tracking
  • Automating data feed
  • Validating data
  • Addressing any shortcomings
  • Compiling and sharing results

The Challenge

Getting a technology to work in synchronization with a process is anything but easy. Integrating ATS into Background Screening is no exception either.  It may take a while before incompatibilities and shortcomings are dealt with and the things start getting in place. The more outlined the fusion, the lesser are the chances of its conflict with the existing background screening process.

ATS should be so designed as to capture every aspect of background screening be it social security number verifications, criminal records, employment verifications, education verifications, credit history or drug testing.

Further, you have to make sure that your staff becomes familiar with the ATS interface. Having a detailed understanding of the ATS interface enables one to get things done, efficiently and effectively. Also, it is very crucial to test it extensively before you actually start implementing it.

Sandra James
President, CEO
Private Eyes, Inc.