By Katie Kulp


Despite the fact that 72% of employers conduct background checks on their new hires, few really understand the process. Though some misunderstandings are harmless, there are a few background screening myths that can cause supervisors to dangerously mismanage their hiring process. To help you make better use of this tool, it’s time to debunk some of the worst myths about background screening.

Busting common background screening myths

Myth #1: Background checks slow down the hiring process

A successful hiring process should be as fast as possible, so you never want to put any unnecessary obstacles in your path. Sadly, many managers believe that background screening will take a week or even more, leading them to skip this vital step. In reality, an efficient screening process will give you results in about 1-3 days.

Myth #2: You should reject all candidates who have a criminal background

The criminal history is such an important part of background screening that many refer to the whole process as a “criminal background check.” Regardless, the criminal history is only a small part of a comprehensive background check, and there can easily be positive factors that outweigh the criminal history. In fact, taking a minute to look deeper into a job seeker’s criminal history could keep you from overlooking an amazing candidate.

Myth #3: All background screening companies provide the same services

Not only is there a wide range of quality among screening agencies, but not all background checks are appropriate for every business or every hire. If you are locked in with an agency that only provides fixed services at fixed rates, you may end up paying for costly services that you don’t even need. Ideally, you should seek out a company that offers flexible services that can be tailored to meet your needs and budget.

Myth #4: Background checks are just for new hires

Though every new hire should undergo background screening, there are several reasons you should consider rescreening returning or current employees. In fact, diligent rescreening when appropriate can prevent many serious problems for your company.

Whatever your company’s hiring needs may be, Chane Solutions can help you meet them successfully. Our comprehensive background screening services are fully customizable and can be tailored to fit your needs and budget. To learn how to get started, contact us today.

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