When it comes to background checks, taking shortcuts can be hazardous
The answer comes in two parts.
The first is that making it appear that there is one, easy-to-access online repository for every individual on the planet is Hollywood fiction. The reality is that, depending on the needs of the hiring company, multiple resources are typically necessary for a thorough background check.
Engaging them and waiting for responses can take days. And you can’t have that on an hour-long TV show. So the instant background check works – as long as you’re dealing with make-believe.
The second half of the answer is equally important: The information we background screening providers receive may be erroneous, incomplete, confusing, and even be based on the background of a totally different individual than the actual candidate.
And that’s where careful auditing and quality control (QC) processes by become as vital as the data itself.
If you’ve been following the news, you’ve seen in recent weeks that companies based on the sharing economy business model, or peer-to-peer networks, have drawn fire for onboarding individuals with criminal backgrounds.
Companies in this new business model do not operate like a traditional employer/employee operation, and that break with convention may include more accelerated hiring of employees.
But this emphasis on speed may bypass or abbreviate conventional hiring processes which include multiple in-person interviews, reference checks, and other mainstays of old-school hiring.
When safety is paramount, skirting a thorough background check may leave uncovered evidence a prospective employer will cause severe problems.
Growth will demand an expedited hiring process, but hopefully not at the risk of compromising consumer safety and trust, by diminishing or de-emphasizing a comprehensive background screening process.
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