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SHRM Survey on Employee Background Checks

Seven out of 10 organizations (69%) claim they conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates, according to a 2012 background check survey from the Society for Human Resources Management. That survey shows another 18% conduct such checks on select job finalists and only 14% say they don’t research candidates for criminal records. When conducting employee background checks, consider this Top 10 list of dos and don’ts when it comes to protecting your business against bad hires:do be broad and thorough; do follow the law; do be consistent; do locate patterns; and do use a professional agency to process your background check. On the other hand: don’t use the “box”; don’t bend the laws; don’t fail to communicate; don’t seek out only the negative; and don’t run a limited search yourself.

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