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Background checks - now more than ever!

  • November 29, 2006
  • by PInow Staff

Imagine hiring an employee who appears to be the perfect candidate, only to be embezzled to the tune of thousands of dollars six months later.

What if one of your employees is physically assaulted by a new hire who has gone postal, or, more commonly, what if you found out - after the fact - that the new hygienist does not have a valid license and did not work for the employer(s) listed on the rsum or application form?

These are the types of scenarios that employers face when they fail to conduct a background check on all potential new hires. These examples, coupled with recent statistics, indicate that employers should no longer neglect conducting background checks during the recruiting process - the risks are too great!

According to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, 56 percent of applicant-supplied information contains one or more significant discrepancies. In another study, it was found that more than 36 percent of employment verifications uncovered inconsistencies from what had been stated on the application form, and 14 percent listed false or inconsistent information regarding education.

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