Part 1 By Lester Rosen, ESR President Identifying applicants that are the right fit and have the right knowledge, skill, and abilities to do the job is a perennial challenge for employers. In pre-industrial society, the problem was generally solved by either hiring someone that the employer knew, basing the hiring decision upon a personal …Continue reading "Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 1"
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer A series of recent surveys from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reveals that when it comes to reference background checks and criminal background checks, approximately three out of four U.S. businesses perform these two types of background checks as part of their pre-employment screening programs. According to …Continue reading "SHRM Surveys Reveal 3 Out Of 4 Businesses Conduct Reference Background Checks and Criminal Background Checks"
By Les Rosen, Employment Screening Resources 2010 Trends in Screening Trend Nine: Increased need for employer due diligence Another impact of the recession is the likelihood of applicant fraud. Fraudulent educational claims, or worthless diplomas from degree mills, are already familiar problem for employers, recruiters and HR professionals. However, resume fraud took on an added urgency …Continue reading "Increased need for employer due diligence"
From the mailbox: What are the risks for an applicant in providing a fake reference. I even hear there are web sites that will give you a fake reference that look real and they even create a web site for the fake company. In a tough job market, why not? Response from ESR: The old saying …Continue reading "fake references and employment screening background checks"
From the ESR mailbox: I have heard that it is against the law to check any reference other than those provided by the applicant. For example, if an applicant had a job that was not listed on the resume or application, can a background firm or employer still contact that person? Answer: We are not …Continue reading "Calling unlisted former employers for employment reference"
Who says there is no humor in the hiring process?Â Employers, Human Resources professionals and RecruitersÂ Â may enjoyÂ the book, â€œLexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR),â€ by Robert Thornton, available on Amazon.Â The book gives a whole new meaning to the term â€œdamned with faint praise.â€Â It answers the age old question of how to give …Continue reading "Ambiguous References and the Fine Art of a Polite Negative References"
In the never ending efforts by employers to identify candidates that are a good fit and qualified, a new internet tool has been developed to allow employers to utilize email to accelerate the process of obtaining references and assessments from past supervisors and others that know the applicant. The best example is www.Checkster.com Questions have …Continue reading "Background Checks and Electronic References"
A Tale of Two References-One Makes You Liable for Damages and the Other Does Not In a 2008 federal appeals case, two past medical employers gave past employment information for the same anesthesiologist. After the anesthesiologist, Dr. Robert Berry, moved on to yet another hospital, he botched a routine 15 minute procedure, leaving a patient …Continue reading "Past employment verifications and defamation"