By Katie Kulp


If there is one lesson business owners can learn from professional athletes, it’s this: every ounce counts. Just like runners cut every bit of unnecessary weight from their clothes, their gear, and even their bodies, business managers have to trim the fat from inefficient processes; if they can’t do so, their competitors will pull ahead. Bad hiring decisions alone can cost a company thousands of dollars; in fact, studies indicate that one bad hire can cost several times the annual salary of the position being filled. If you want to make your hiring process more efficient, the first step is to streamline your background screening process. Here’s how to get started.

Rethinking background checks – It’s all about timing

Background checks used to be one of the first steps in the hiring process. In fact, many job applications required candidates to agree to a screening before they had ever been interviewed. There are, however, several major problems with this practice. First, more and more jurisdictions are cracking down on early screening because of its potential for abuse. Delaying background checks will streamline your hiring process by eliminating the risk of lawsuits related to discrimination.

There is, however, a second and more universal benefit to rethinking the timing of background checks. No matter how efficiently it is done, screening consumes time and resources. Since many of your applicants will be rejected for reasons unrelated to their background check, why expend your company’s budget running checks on everyone right away? Instead, you can streamline your process by performing background screening only on your final candidates who have already received a conditional offer of employment (Side note: some state/jurisdictions require this.)

Eliminate unnecessary tests

On a related note, there are nearly endless screening options, but few of them apply to every job. While almost every position can benefit from a criminal history check, options such as credit checks, driving history, civil searches, and many others should only be performed if they are relevant to the job. By tailoring your screening process to the needs of each position, you can greatly reduce your hiring budget (while saving time, as well).

Learn to interpret background screening results

People are complex, and the only appear more complex when you closely examine years – or even decades – of their life. Like any other decision in business, choosing the right candidate requires a practiced eye. A candidate’s background check will rarely reveal a clear “pass/fail” answer and, truly, never should. Rather, you may be confronted by both desirable and undesirable qualities in your candidate. At this point, attention to detail and an open mind will help you make the best use of your hiring resources.

After a decade in the industry, Chane Solutions understands that businesses expect their background checks to be accurate, efficient, and fast. With those goals in mind, we are dedicated to providing the best possible service to our clients. If you are interested in streamlining your hiring process, contact us today to talk about a tailor-made solution.

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