Considering Skipping the Background Check?

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Hiring a new employee is one of the most important – and riskiest – decisions you make as an employer. The right hire can help take your company to new heights of growth and success. But the wrong one can be devastating to morale, your business well-being, and your financial bottom line.  Pre-employment background checks are essential Read more »

What Percentage of Candidates Lie on Resumes?

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“Truth builds trust.”   Speaking of truth – truer words were never spoken, in this case, by motivational and customer service expert Marilyn Suttle. And, nowhere is trust more important than in your relationships with job candidates and employees. So, it may shock you to hear that up to 85 percent of job seekers lie on their resumes – or Read more »

Simple Solutions to Speed Up Your Company’s Hiring Process

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In today’s job market, top talent is in unprecedented high demand. As an employer, you need to be flexible and ready to react quickly to meet the needs and demands of the most in-demand candidates.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate in December was 3.5 percent – its lowest point in 50 years. It’s Read more »

Are You Conducting a Legal Interview? Here are 5 Questions to Avoid Asking

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When you interview a job candidate, how can you be sure you keep all your questions legal and above board? You want to avoid any inquiries that may result in charges of discrimination, an investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or a costly lawsuit.   The EEOC suggests that several interview questions be avoided, including: Read more »

What Are the Turnaround Times for Background Checks?

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After you find the perfect candidate, your goal should be to hire them as soon as possible. Here’s why: If you keep them waiting too long, they may lose interest or find another job. Since you don’t want to hire anyone until you’ve received their background check, the question becomes, “what are the turnaround times Read more »

Updating Your Employee Handbook to Stay Compliant

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Every workplace needs an employee handbook. Though these vital documents provide a convenient reference manual for your employees, their use goes far beyond training. In fact, a well-written policy manual can protect you and your business from many legal woes. That being said, the legal landscape changes constantly. Does your employee handbook do the same? Read more »

Are Your Candidates Being Honest with You?

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How do you decide who to trust? In our personal lives, we generally develop relationships over some time, perhaps months or years. In contrast, players in the business world are often forced to make game-changing decisions based on relatively little information. Considering that nearly half of resumes and applications contain information that is inaccurate (or Read more »

A Job Applicant’s Background Check Shows a Criminal Record. What Should You Do?

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Background screening is one of the most important parts of the hiring process. Without transparency, there can be no trust, and background checks give a clear view of an applicant’s past. What happens, however, when that past isn’t everything you want it to be? What do you do about a promising candidate with a criminal Read more »

Streamlining Your Background Screening Process

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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. Read more »