Being asked to fill out a background check is a good sign. That means the company you’re interviewing with is thinking seriously about hiring you. Why? Because background checks cost money. And no company wants to spend money on someone they’re only kinda maybe thinking about hiring.
This is also a crucial step in the hiring process because it allows employers to confirm a job candidate’s past work experience.
And according to a HireRight report, that’s important because there was a 27 percent discrepancy rate in employment histories based on more than 290,000 employment verifications it conducted in the last six months of 2014 in the United States.
Therefore, millions of organizations worldwide recognize that background checks, when done consistently and efficiently, can improve safety and security and lead to higher quality hires, longer employee retention and decreased legal risk.
First Advantage recently commissioned an international consumer survey to find out. The poll was taken by over 2,300 job applicants in the US, UK, and the Asia Pacific region in 2015.
The first question simply asked whether organizations should run background checks on their job candidates. The results were quite clear: By a wide margin, people agree that candidates should be screened. Nearly 90% of US respondents agreed, along with 86% in the UK and 75% in Asia Pacific.
When managed properly, background screenings offer many benefits. It can yield more informed, more efficient and all-around smarter people decisions while at the same time mitigating legal risk. This latest survey data suggests to staffing organizations and their clients that they should be comfortable knowing consumers also have an expectation that background screens will be part of the hiring process.
Digital Marketing Lead at Lakeshore