Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 2

Read Part 1 Part 2 By Lester Rosen, ESR President At the end of Part 1 of this blog, the question arose from some hiring managers as to whether automated reference services like Checkster could replace the type of employment verifications performed by background firms. The short answer is no. Although services from Checkster and similar …

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Using Online Referencing Tools and Background Checks to Optimize Employee Selection – Part 1

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 …

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SHRM Surveys Reveal 3 Out Of 4 Businesses Conduct Reference Background Checks and Criminal Background Checks

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 …

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Increased need for employer due diligence

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 …

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fake references and employment screening background checks

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 …

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Calling unlisted former employers for employment reference

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 …

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Ambiguous References and the Fine Art of a Polite Negative References

Who says there is no humor in the hiring process?  Employers, Human Resources professionals and Recruiters   may enjoy the book, “Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations (LIAR),” by Robert Thornton, available on Amazon.  The book gives a whole new meaning to the term “damned with faint praise.”  It answers the age old question of how to give …

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Background Checks and Electronic 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 …

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Past employment verifications and defamation

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 …

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