2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report

2017 Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of HireRight’s Employment Screening Benchmark Survey

HireRight’s 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report provides valuable insight from nearly 4,000 human resource professionals about employment screening best practices. The report explores key issues, trends, and underlying business drivers affecting background check programs of U.S. organizations and compares these findings to survey results over the last decade.

Here's a quick preview of the key themes within the report:

Candidates, even at the highest seniority levels, are regularly embellishing their resumes

Eighty five percent of survey respondents uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process – up from 66% five years ago.

Despite the international workforce becoming increasingly interconnected, few organizations have developed a global screening program

Only 15% of respondents verify international backgrounds of U.S.-based employees and merely 13% of U.S. employers screen employees based outside of the U.S. – a 6% decrease since last year.

More organizations are employing contingent, contract or temporary workers to meet hiring demands – and screening this population has become commonplace

Five years ago, only 41% said they screened contingent and/or temporary workers. Today, that percentage is up to 86%.

The marijuana landscape has changed dramatically over the last 10 years – but organizations’ drug policies have not

Despite multiple states legalizing marijuana in the 2016 election, 78% of respondents reported no plans to change their drug screening policy this year.

Talent acquisition and retention have become a bigger challenge

In 2009, only 29% of respondents cited "talent management” as their top business challenge. In 2017, 62% reported “finding qualified job candidates” as their top business challenge.

Download the 2017 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report for a full scope of the report and insights on the current recruitment landscape, hiring and employment screening challenges, and new initiatives from thousands of human resources professionals.


"The hiring landscape has changed dramatically since the financial crisis of 2008. Organizations are now competing for the most qualified candidates and therefore putting greater emphasis on creating a positive onboarding experience, which includes the background check process. Despite pressures to hire quickly, organizations should not overlook the importance of instituting a thorough background check process that includes creating a global policy, rescreening current employees, and ensuring a rigorous screening process for senior executives."

- Mary O' Loughlin, Vice President of Global Customer Experience and Product Management