Have you ever come to realize you have absolutely hired the wrong person for the job? The fact is some people are better at taking tests than others, and the same goes for interview skills. Some people just have a knack to sell themselves and they are very convincing. If your company is anything like mine, it can be harder to get rid of someone than it is to hire them. You have to jump through hoops and go forward with different levels of documentation before you can terminate them. Sometimes these hassles can be avoided if you take the extra step to perform a thorough pre-employment screening. I’ve been stuck with people before that should have never been hired.
People lie on their resume’. They lie about where they use to work, their tenure at those companies, and even the positions they held. If they were familiar enough with the supervisor’s job, they may falsify their records and claim that was their previous job. You’d be surprised at what people try to pull off. Too many times when we are in a position to hire, it’s because we have an immediate need and we’re in a rush to fill a spot. Employers may ask a few questions, check the applicant’s pulse, and offer them a job. Sometimes they call the listed references and sometimes they don’t even bother. But references don’t always make a big difference. The applicant chooses which people to tell you to call, so there’s no real way to make sure they’re accurate. A quality background check company goes farther than these easy parts of the interview process. They verify their previous employment, their education level, degree earned, and which school they actually attended.
My district manager hired a lady a few years ago, and it took me only a week to realize she was a terrible choice. He told me she was a former fast food manager, so she was already well versed in cash register equipment, inventory controls, and how to handle difficult customers. He was convinced she was the ideal candidate. At that time we did not require employee background checks. So, other than than maybe calling the references she provided, he really didn’t do any other research on her past. She comes to start her training with me and I could tell right away there were going to be problems. She couldn’t learn the simplest of tasks. Or she could learn them, but she wasn’t retaining any of the information. And she would say things like “I’m going to need you to learn me that again”. I’m sorry, but proper grammar is a big deal to me. Upon questioning her about her duties in her former job, I had a feeling she wasn’t the total package my boss thought she was. Things just didn’t add up. I started suspecting she had overstated some of her accolades, but at that point there wasn’t much I could do. She didn’t make it through her first full year. We essentially wasted all that time and money training her, and I suspect it was partly because we did not conduct employee background checks at that time.
The thing is people can put on all the charm and charisma in the world during an interview, but a good background check company can get past that and separate the fact from fiction. Pre-employement screenings aren’t just about their criminal past; it’s other main objective is to verify all the claims listed on their application. Quality employee background checks weed out the bad applicants without bias or favoritism.
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