Many companies that are looking to fill positions want to do so quickly, without taking the time to thoroughly examine a candidate. This occurs when there is a specific need that has to be filled or things will start falling through the cracks, or it might just be that the company feels its culture is one that will be a fit for anyone because it is seen from the inside as easy going and easy to learn. The last thing a company wants is to make a hire, only to fire the person because the time was not taken to ensure everything was going to fall into place.
Hiring is often a gamble, but companies need to take the time to do it right. In addition to background checks, there needs to be a clear understanding of the job that is attempting to be filled. The job description needs to be up to date, the core competencies need to be clearly laid out for success, and the departmental goals need to be understood so that a good fit can be found. After these things are in place, typically the last part for many companies in a hiring process is the background check.
An employment screening is the last but often most important piece for a company making a hiring decision. The results that come from criminal searches or an employment verification can make or break an applicant’s ability to gain employment. A criminal record that is uncovered, or a falsified degree that is found through an education verification can mean the difference between a successful hire or a quick fire. The important thing is learning information about applicants prior to extending an offer. The last thing a company wants to do is expend the energy and money on firing and then re-hiring for a position. An employment screening helps to do it right the first time.