U.S. vs. EMEA: In Sync or Oceans Apart in Background Check Practices and Perspectives?

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Based on HireRight’s 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Reports published by our United States (U.S.) and Europe/Middle East/Asia (EMEA) regions, it appears that more than just a vast ocean separates us.

While we found a number of similarities in background screening practices between these two areas, we also uncovered a number of differences regarding how, why, when and what we verify when conducting an employee background check.

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HireRight’s 2017 Benchmark Report – A Trip Around the World

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Our recent benchmark survey formed the foundation for HireRight’s Annual Employment Screening Benchmark Reports, representing responses from thousands of human resources professionals in the United States (U.S.), Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC, including Australia and New Zealand).

The results show strong similarities but also numerous unique perspectives that may be helpful in assessing your individual human capital management programs.

Here are a number of questions we asked with responses from different regions.

Best Practices for Social Media Use in Recruiting and Hiring [Infographic]

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During the ten years HireRight has conducted its annual Benchmark Reports, social media became not only a communication phenomenon but a useful tool in sourcing talent.

And as we found in our recently-published 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report, surveying thousands of HR professionals, it’s become virtually indispensable for recruiters, hiring managers as well as job candidates.

Take a look at HireRight’s “Best Practices Using Social Media in Recruiting and Hiring” for useful tips to use social media properly and effectively.

Keeping Our Children Safe: The Vital Need to Conduct and Enforce Background Checks for School Bus Drivers

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Commercial truck drivers who deliver vital commodities across the United States must pass thorough background checks and meet stringent safety regulations.

Yet a recent CBS News investigation revealed that many school bus drivers – the people charged with protecting the safety of children on the road to and from schools and summer camps – are not held to the same exacting standards. And the results of such leniency have occasionally proven catastrophic.

According to the article, there are approximately 22,000 bus crashes a year, leaving thousands of students injured. And on average, at least once a week a school bus driver is arrested for driving under the influence, child pornography, or even sexual assault.

2017 Trends in Recruiting via Social Media

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When HireRight published its first Employment Screening Benchmark Report ten years ago, we did not survey respondents about their use of social media. It seems odd now, but a decade ago, social media wasn’t even on the hiring map. That’s changed quite a bit, as we’ve seen in HireRight’s 2017 Employment Screening Benchmark Report. Social media has become part of the fabric of talent management, and a critical one at that. Ignoring it today would be like running job postings exclusively in newspapers, or using only snail mail to correspond with job candidates.

Read more about the impact of social media on the hiring process, and take a look at a number of suggested Best Practices for using social media as part of your hiring program, here.

Improving the Hiring Process: FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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On December 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver license holders (CDL).

The clearinghouse will act as a central repository for drivers’ positive test results, refusals to test and other such federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Once fully operational the clearinghouse will significantly improve safety and help expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers.