IRVINE, Calif., May 17, 2012 – HireRight, a world leader in on-demand employment screening solutions, today announced the release of the HireRight Executive Biography Verification™, a new screening solution that enables organizations to vet biographies of high-profile executives, board members and other high-profile positions to protect the organization’s reputation and avoid unnecessary embarrassment. The new screening service verifies education, employment, and other credentials to help ensure the accuracy of information identified in a published biography.
Through millions of background checks conducted each year, HireRight finds discrepancies in the education and employment information provided by applicants approximately one-third of the time. In many cases these discrepancies are minor, but it does demonstrate the degree to which resumes may contain inaccuracies today, and what might be minor for a hiring decision could be significant in a published biography.
“Resume padding often can start early on in one’s career, but the misrepresentations can then follow the person from job to job until someone uncovers it,” said Rob Pickell, chief marketing officer and vice president of strategy at HireRight. “When this happens with public business leaders, the resulting costs and damage to an organization’s reputation, as well as to the credibility of the individual, is significant. Corporate boards are learning they must tighten their employment screening programs to carefully vet all executive and high-profile employees pre-hire but also be very careful about vetting publicly disclosed credentials. The new HireRight Executive Biography Verification is designed to help employers carefully vet high-profile candidates and existing execs to confirm their credentials and protect what’s often the organization’s most valuable asset – its reputation.”
Today, employment screening is a standard practice used by a significant percentage of U.S. employers, but implementing an effective screening program often is complex and there are common pitfalls employers can avoid with a well executed program.
“Some organizations may only screen for criminal history and may opt not to verify education and employment credentials, which leaves open a critical gap,” said Pickell. “Other employers may assume that an executive’s past education or experience has been checked out long ago by someone else along the line. By incorporating Executive Biography Verification into their existing employment screening program, employers can help address these common mistakes and verify employees and candidates for high-profile positions to protect the organization from potential embarrassment.”
The HireRight Executive Biography Verification is currently available. For more information, go to www.hireright.com or call 800-400-2761.
HireRight is a leading provider of on-demand employment background screening, drug and health screening and employment eligibility solutions that help employers automate, manage and control screening and related programs. Many companies, including more than one-third of the Fortune 500, trust HireRight because the company delivers customer-focused solutions that provide greater efficiency and faster results. HireRight also provides pre-integrated employment screening services through e-recruiting solutions from top providers such as Oracle, Taleo, Kenexa, SAP,PeopleAdmin, HealthcareSource, HRsmart, and SilkRoad. HireRight, Inc. is an Altegrity company with worldwide headquarters located in Irvine, California and offices and affiliates around the globe. For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.hireright.com.