Background Checks, Now More Important Than Ever
Did you know that as of February 2012, 8.3% of the population was unemployed according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics? This has created what is known as an "employers market" where there are far more applicants to choose from to fill empty job positions.
With a glut of applicants, some of them desperate to be hired, accurate and proper background screening has become essential for smart hiring and to ensure patient safety in the healthcare industry. A report by The Wall Street Journal documented that approximately 34% of all applicants lie about experience, education, and the ability to perform essential functions of the job. This number does not include those who lie about a criminal past. Some applicants will say or do anything to put food on the table for their families and to pay their bills. Who wouldn't@f3 And then there are other applicants just trying to get away with what they can. No matter their motivations, an experienced and knowledgeable background screening firm can help identify those falsifications and discrepancies.
Choosing the best background screening company for your hiring needs can be a difficult decision so here are just a few items worth mentioning.
5 Considerations for Selecting a Background Screening Partner
- Make sure the company you select complies with the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and is a member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). You can also check whether they are NAPBS-Accredited, a distinction earned by less than 3% of background screening firms. It's the Joint Commission or DNV Healthcare equivalent of the background screening industry, if you will.
- Obtain a detailed explanation of the company's products and how those products can meet your specific hiring needs. Do their offerings meet every item on your checklist@f4 Do they offer integrations with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS)@f5
- Find out how long they have been in business. You might not want to choose a company that has recently started in the background screening industry or does not have the experience to meet your needs.
- If you're a healthcare organization, then a company that is healthcare specific can better meet your needs. Are they familiar with the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other regulators that you need to comply with?
- Take the time to verify client references and look into testimonials about the company. You should know and take confidence in the professional reputation of a potential provider.