As a Human Resources professional, there is a balancing act with being effective and practical, making it possible to hire the best candidates. Employment background screening has become a vital part of the HR process, giving employers the information they require to hire these candidates for their organizations. When conducting background checks, there are guidelines that must be followed. These guidelines have been established by the FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) and the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
The FCRA and EEOC help to ensure that background screening is worth it, providing more consistent safety, security, and improved regulatory compliance.
Improving Efficiency in the Screening Process
The job of an HR professional is constantly evolving, and as the workload continues to increase, it is key to remain consistent when screening potential new hires. Generally, there are time constraints that impose a sense of urgency to fill open positions. An HR professional assists in all stages of the interviewing process including pre-screening, in-person interviews, and background checks.
Obtaining and Verifying Quality Information
An organization will often outsource to collect relevant data about potential candidates. This data includes verifying addresses, prior employment information, education, and any criminal history. Keeping in mind that the information must comply with the federal and state regulations so that the practice of hiring remains fair to the candidate and that the organization remains unbiased.
Reducing the Time to Hire
When collecting data about the potential hire, an HR professional has to review the data and ensure that the candidate is a good fit for the organization. Reviewing an individual’s data can be time-consuming, taking into consideration that there are multiple candidates that are being reviewed to fill numerous open positions.
Ensuring a Positive Candidate Experience
During the screening process, it is important to keep the potential candidate up to speed with the hiring process. This puts the candidate’s mind at ease and promotes open dialogue between both parties. Recently, organizations have placed a focus on a candidate’s hiring experience because that is the first impression that an individual has of the organization.
An HR professional is an integral part of the hiring process and works competently to make certain that the best candidate is hired. Thorough background screening is critical to making an informed decision. As industries continue to grow, HR professionals will be required to perform at an even quicker pace. Background screening improves the quality of hires while protecting the reputation of an organization!