The Shift in U.S. Immigration and What It Could Mean for Your Background Check Program

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Immigration is one of the hottest topics in America today. But times have changed and so have trends in hiring new arrivals to our shores.

Such a sea change may have a significant bearing on your company’s policies in hiring, particularly as it pertains to background checks on candidates who have lived, worked or gone to school overseas.

Here’s a look at how recent shifts in U.S. immigration may affect your hiring practices, and some suggestions to ensure your background check policy is keeping pace to ensure you’re hiring the best candidates for your organization.

Five Hiring Manager Interviewer Fails and How to Fix Them

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Your recruiter has scoured scores of resumes to find the perfect candidate, phone screened and met in person the best of the lot, and now all that’s left is to bring the most qualified job seekers in for an interview with you, the hiring manager.

You can almost see the finish line and look forward to learning exactly how the candidate will contribute to your company’s success.

And here’s where things can go south.

Take it from seasoned recruiters: Hiring Managers can turn off an in-demand job candidate with even the slightest negatively-perceived detail and possibly lose a superstar.

Considering “Do-It-Yourself” Online Background Checks?

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As businesses become comfortable using the Internet to handle a variety of support functions, a surprising number and diverse sorts of “Do-It-Yourself” services have become available, including “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) online background checks.

While seemingly simple and affordable, such services present potential risks that could pose a threat to a businesses’ brand.

Here’s a brief list of considerations that could serve as a litmus test as to whether a DIY background check service or a more-conventional Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA) is the best choice for you.

Could a Job Candidate with a Criminal Record Turn out to Be Your Best Employee?

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What if you found that hiring a former felon could be a good thing for your company?

Or that it could even turn out to a great thing, with such a person actually outperforming other employees with “clean” records?

In light of a recent study from Harvard and Amherst universities indicating that doing so may actually be a wise decision for a number of reasons, it’s a notion worth deliberation.

Why Even Ask? 4 Interview Questions You Should Retire

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It’s easy and convenient to continue asking job candidates interview questions you’ve used in the past.

However – are you starting to hear the same answers from multiple candidates, or find the answers aren’t helpful to you in separating the best from the rest?

If so, you might consider these alternatives that we’ll in this blog article.