Screening & Selection

Finding the Right Candidates

Interviewing

Two companies share their innovative approaches to interviewing and assessment.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Organizations are facing unique challenges that are increasing the pressure on HR to get the right candidates in the right positions as quickly as possible. Take, for example, Community Health Network.

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The Power of Integration

iTalent Competition

This year’s iTalent Competition winner is helping organizations reduce time to hire and maintain compliance to boot.

By Taylor Thompson

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average cost of a poor hiring decision can equal 30 percent of the first year’s potential earnings. Glassdoor and the Brandon Hall Group also report that 95 percent of employers admit to suffering from at least one bad hire every year. With increasing pressure to find the right hires and growing candidate expectations of a customer-like experience, HR needs a vetting process that can keep up with the rapidly-changing nature of the hiring process. Enter background screening platform Verified First.

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Conquering Bias

Unconscious Bias

Five steps managers can implement to address unconscious bias in the workplace.

By Charlotte Blank

Business managers have become more aware of the potential for workplace bias following the Starbucks incident back in April which prompted Starbucks to close 8,000 of their stores to address an underlying bias issue. This then caused other companies to reevaluate how they solve major bias issues in their own workplaces. A common approach many firms take is called diversity training—programs devoted to increasing diversity and reducing bias through employee education. These initiatives are generally well-intentioned, and in high profile cases such as Starbucks, can serve to raise awareness for very important issues. There’s only one problem with them: They don’t work.

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Actions with Impact

Diversity Screening

Bias in candidate screening remains a major obstacle to diversity, but AI-enabled technology can help.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The world economy is growing and diversity is growing with it. According to the U.S. Census, more than half of all Americans are projected to belong to a minority group by 2044—and this will have a major impact on labor market demographics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the percentage of Hispanics in the workforce is expected to almost double by 2060 while the percentage of whites is expected to decrease by nearly 20 percent. In addition, rising labor participation rates among women, increasing numbers of millennials in the workplace, and continued growth of immigration are all making diversity a critical business consideration.

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Goodbye to Bias

Hiring Bias

Unconscious bias plagues hiring decisions, employee growth, productivity, and retention. Here are six strategies that help eliminate it.

By Michele McDermott

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that are formed outside conscious awareness. Often, backgrounds, experiences, societal stereotypes, and cultural context can impact people’s decisions and actions without them even realizing it. Brains make incredibly quick judgments and assessments of people and situations. This is also referred to as a “mental blind spot.”

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The Five W’s: Analyzing The Benefits and Advantages of Employee Screening

Employee Screening

Competition to find the best applicants is at an all-time high, and competitors are fighting to find applicants to help their company grow and set them apart.

A comprehensive background screening program can be used to strengthen a company in its specific industry and increase efficiencies in the hiring process. Your company’s future relies on the workforce you build and it is imperative to hire the right person, the first time. 

Employees are a company’s greatest asset, and establishing a strong and attractive employee brand starts with finding top talent globally to build a workforce.  Now, more than ever, it’s important to verify all of the information regarding an applicant’s history to help protect the company’s reputation brand and its staff members as well. 

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Assessing Assessments

HR Outsourcing

The benefits and challenges of integrating testing into the hiring process.

By Michael Switow

Although the world of assessing talent has been upended by new digital technologies and the proliferation of smartphones, the rate and manner in which HR departments are adapting varies greatly from company to company.

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Checking for the Future

Background screens are providing organizations with the tools to hire the best candidates for the job.

By Christa Elliott

Once the applications are in and the pool of prospective  has been narrowed, HR departments rely heavily on background screening to look for red flags
in their top candidates’ pasts. But today, a number of factors, including relevant legislation and pressure to reduce time to hire are challenging background service partners to deliver more. Ban-the-box laws will make it harder to eliminate certain candidates early on and the U.S.’ ever-evolving and variable marijuana legislation is forcing employers to rethink their attitudes toward marijuana use. Amidst all of this controversy, the background screening industry is caught in the middle.

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2017 HRO Today Baker’s Dozen: Employee Screening

Baker's Dozen

We rank the top providers based on customer satisfaction surveys.

By The Editors

HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen rankings are based solely on feedback from buyers of the rated services; the ratings are not based on the opinion of the HRO Today staff. We collect feedback annually through an online survey, which we distribute both directly to buyers through our own mailing lists and indirectly by sending service providers the link to send to their clients.

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In Jeopardy

New research shows that organizations lack a systematic approach to background checks.

Organizations have a strong need for top-tier background screening providers, and that need is increasing monthly. The pre-employment screening industry alone represents a $2 billion domestic market (according to research by IBISWorld), and that amount is expected to grow as more jobs are added that will need background checking. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2017 forecast is 2.2 million jobs.

Coupled with the needs to accommodate volume of hiring, HR in the U.S. faces hundreds of work-related homicides, billions of dollars in employee theft, and numerous applications with embellishments or outright lies annually. In fact, bad hires cost a company nearly $17,000 on average, which doesn’t include damage to employee morale, additional supervision time to train or turn around a bad hire, productivity loss for the organization, revenue that’s not being generated, and client relationships that could turn sour as a result of bad impressions.

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