Accurate Background Check & Successful Pre-Employment Screening

Sometimes when it's time to hire a new employee, you can feel like this armored gorilla at left. This economy makes it more difficult than ever to hire the right person for the job.  You probably have dozens, if not hundreds, of overqualified, underqualified, and nowhere-near-qualified applicants
 for any available job opening(s).  This is a situation where your pre-employment screening skills must be sharp. 

When you have narrowed your field of candidates, an accurate background check can be your best hiring tool.

An Accurate Background Check Saves Time and Money

Believe it or not, even the most seemingly trustworthy candidates for a job will make things up, or leave things out, on their application and/or resume. Just take the example of a former Lucas-Toledo Port Authority President. In a blatant act of resume fraud, James Hartung neglected to inform the administration at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago that he had been fired from his previous job with the port authority.  When Olive-Harvey College found out the truth, they fired James Hartung and are stuck having to start all over from scratch. 

A complete background check would have saved the college thousands of dollars and precious resource hours, not to mention the public scandal.

The most common errors of omission on job applications and/or resumes include :

  • Lying about diplomas, education history, or certifications held
  • Making up employment history
  • Leaving out the real reason the applicant left a previous place of employment
  • Lying about the length of time spent with previous employers
  • Giving friends and/or family members' names rather than the real names of former bosses
  • Omitting criminal records
  • Falsifying citizenship or legal work status

While the case of Olive-Harvey College is regrettable, it is also embarrassing.  At the very least, employers must do the bare minimum of fact checking before spending the time, energy, and money hiring a new employee.

Steps to Successful Pre-Employment Screening

  1. Take the Time for Due Diligence. If you don't have the time, hire a qualified person who can take the time to do the due diligence it takes to hire the right employee. 
  2. Run a Complete Background Check. Running a complete background check can often reveal things that weren't mentioned on job application or resume which can make or break a candidate.
  3. Verify Previous Employment.  Take the time to verify that the stated lengths of time at each job and the reason for leaving are accurate. If you catch a potential employee in a lie at this level, just imagine the lies you might be catching them in later.
  4. Run a National Criminal Background Check.  A national criminal background check will uncover any nefarious activities they may have neglected to mention. It is understandable that a prior conviction is not something most people want to share with prospective employers, however honesty is always the best policy.
  5. Speak with References. You may just get a bunch of hogwash from well-meaning friends and relatives.  However, you might be surprised.  When you outline the personal characteristics, qualifications, and skills needed for the job, you might find that the individual's references are more honest than the applicant would like.  Applicants' references might tell you exactly what you needed to hear to know your applicant is NOT the right person for the job.

Taking the time to do your due diligence now, can save you time and money down the road. High employee turnover rates are never good for any company.  You may even want to consider hiring a private investigator to ensure the most accurate background check for prospective job candidates.

Linked Investigations has been an Orange County Private Investigator for over 30 years.  We can help you with any corporate investigation services you may need.

Published on: 
August 1, 2012
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