4 Reasons for Businesses to Run Pre-Employment Screening

In December 24, 2015
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Interviewing potential candidates is obviously one of the most important steps towards determining if they are right for the job.  It allows you to confirm that they understand the requirements for the position you offering; it allows you to gage that person’s professionalism and interpersonal skills; and it allows you to get a sense of that person’s character. Unfortunately, however, character is difficult to judge in one short sitting–especially when that person is putting his or her best face forward.  

For that reason, many companies both large and small choose to run pre-employment screening (such as background checks, drug tests, etc.) in order to mitigate risks–after all, when you hire a new employee, you are placing a lot of trust in a person you probably don’t know.  Here are four important reasons for companies and organizations to consider using pre-employment screening:

    1. Protect your organization’s assets. Pre-employment screening can help you weed out chronically dishonest job candidates.  This helps to prevent theft in all its shapes and forms–from petty shoplifting to corporate espionage and everything in-between.
    2. Protect yourself and your employees. Pre-employment screening can also alert you to potentially violent candidates.  With workplace violence on the rise, this is an important concern for many employers.
    3. Confirm each candidate’s qualifications.  Pre-employment screening is about more than criminal records and drug tests–it can also help ensure that candidates were honest in their resumes and CVs.
    4. Hire right the first time.  Pre-employment screening helps you avoid the costly and time-consuming process of hiring and training a candidate only to find out for one reason or another that you made a mistake.

Pre-employment screening isn’t about passing judgement, and it doesn’t preclude giving anyone a second chance.  It’s simply meant to protect yourself, your employees, and your organization from candidates who are dishonest, who pose a danger, or who are unqualified.  It’s just the right thing to do.  Precise Payroll can help you run pre-employment screenings in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  Contact us today for more information!

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