Hiring and recruiting are difficult enough, but when you interview a candidate, you may not be getting the true background. There are a number of pre-employment screening checks that employers may make on job applicants and they include reference, background and credit checks.
The most common check on a potential new hire is the reference check. Candidates should provide both personal references as well as references from former employers. Although a reference check on previous employers may not provide comprehensive insight into the applicant, what it does do is authenticate the” 5 Ws”:
- Who is this person? Reference checks help to confirm identity. In today’s world of identity theft, this is imperative.
- Where was her/his previous job or where did s/he attend school?
- When was s/he employed/ attend school?
- What are her/his specific qualifications or characteristics that make her/him a good candidate for the position?
- Why did s/he vacate the previous position?
Often, you won’t get any more detail from a former employer than confirmation that the person was employed there, dates of hire and termination and salary information. But, it never hurts to inquire about a former employee’s work history, abilities, attitude and attendance.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks may also be conducted by an employer. It’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all employees as well as prevent theft and other criminal activities.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act authorizes potential employers to gain access to a potential employee’s credit report for employment purposes. Credit payment histories are sometimes used in the evaluation of a job candidate. In order to obtain a ‘consumer report’, written authorization must be provided by the job candidate. When reviewing a job candidate’s history, most employers conduct a “look back” review of the past six to seven years. Large companies (500 or more employees) are more likely to conduct a credit check.
What types of references and job screening are you currently doing for potential new hires? Are you comfortable that your process is sufficient?Button Text.