Background Checks are a Time Saver
How much time could an employer save if unqualified and unsuitable applicants just didn’t apply for open positions at your business?
Letting all applicants know – before the interview phase begins – that your company conducts pre employment background checks on everyone as part of the process. That is often enough to discourage potential applicants who have something to hide from wasting their time in applying. Let them know that you check relevant claims on the resume, such as previous employers, education and address verifications, and the information contained on the application, and that you do conduct these checks early in the hiring process. If an applicant seeking a position with your company is aware that he will be screened by a comprehensive background check conducted by background check experts, he may either decide to not pursue the position or to be more open and honest when describing his history and abilities, allowing a decision to reached more quickly.
The earlier in the process an applicant reveals any potentially adverse information, the more likely the potential employer will be to consider the relativity of the information to the position offered. The attitude of the applicant with something to hide is often, “If I can just talk to the hiring manager, I can explain this issue”, but this approach will usually not work if information has been withheld, falsified or embellished by the applicant. However, if the applicant is honest up front, the chances are better that the message will be heard.
The bottom line is that the sooner an under qualified candidate is removed from the pool of potential hires, the more time can be spent qualifying candidates who would truly be good fits for the open positions. Similarly, the sooner a lesser-qualified individual is removed from the process by a pre employment background checks, the better for all concerned.