Is Your Applicant Lying?

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Is Your Applicant Lying?

This article is Part 2 in a series on key findings from HireRight’s 2014 Health Care Spotlight report based on survey respondents specific to that industry in HireRight’s annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Survey. This article reveals the prevalence of applicant fraud.

Finding qualified talent can be a major challenge for health care organizations of all sizes. At the same time, a growing problem faced by health care organizations is the risk of hiring an applicant who has lied or misrepresented their credentials, qualifications or employment history. More than one-third of respondents (39%)weren’t sure if their applicants have lied on their resume or application. This statistic is very troubling as ineligible hires may pose a threat to patient care, employee safety, and the organization’s overall brand

Many health care employers use employment screening to determine if applicants are being truthful. The importance of this task cannot be overlooked, as data clearly demonstrates the benefits of using employment screening to identify applicants that have provided false information:

Nearly three-quarters of employers (74%) reported that screening uncovered an issue that that would not have been caught otherwise

More than half of employers (54%) reported that screening identified individuals who lied on their application or resume.

All healthcare organizations should consider whether their current screening process adequately protects against the risk of hiring an individual that is unqualified, unlicensed or unsafe. If the answer to this question is ‘No’, you should consider reviewing your current screening procedures and processes to determine how you can maintain a compliant program that identifies ineligible employees before they are hired.

To read Part 1 on screening challenges health care organizations face and ways to address them click here.  Stay tuned for our third article in the series to discover what our survey found to be the top three benefits of employment screening.

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