Report spotlights weaknesses in background checks

A majority of employers continue to ask for self-disclosure of criminal records, despite EEOC recommendations against the practice.

And violations of employment law is putting a number of organizations at risk of serious legal consequences.

Those are three of the big takeaways from the latest report from EmployeeScreenIQ, “2014 Top Trends in Employment Background Checks.”

Companies, according to the report, are using background checks as a part of the employment screening process.

But 45 percent of employers say that job candidates with criminal records are not hired due to their history just 5 percent of the time or less.

This finding, EmployeeScreenIQ said, supports employers’ longstanding assertions that they often look beyond an applicant’s criminal past and that qualifications, references, and interviewing skills also greatly influence hiring decisions.

The report also found that a majority of employers still rely on candidates to tell them about their criminal convictions.

Also, credit history checks are only used by a small minority of employers, with just 14 percent of employers that check the credit histories of all new hires and 57 percent that do not.

Despite the rise in social media usage by job candidates, only 38 percent of employers search online media for information about their candidates.

Not surprisingly, lying on a resume is not looked upon well by employers.

Half of all respondents reject 90 percent or more of their candidates when lies are discovered on their resumes.

The most egregious lie, according to the report? A claim to have earned a degree not actually earned.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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