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Pre-Employment Testing

Tammy Cohen, PHR, SHRM-CP

March 15 2017

Reducing risk in your hiring decision is one of the most important challenges any human resources department can face. Hiring a new employee can cost thousands of dollars in onboarding and orientation, but they can cost you even more money in the event that the employee forces the company to lose assets, clients, or time. This is why background checks are a critical aspect of hiring new employees. 

The hiring process is a daunting one, but you’ve gotten through it. You’ve posted a detailed job description, sifted through stacks of resumes, and called those candidates with the greatest potential. You’ve gone through the arduous interview process, met with multiple applicants who didn’t quite make the cut, until you found the one.

This future employee not only has the qualifications and experience to handle the position, but you feel that this candidate has the motivation and aspirations to grow with your company. They have the right personality to positively influence your current employees to boot. In short, you’ve found the perfect person for a position.

However, you still need to do your due diligence and verify that your new employee is truly as amazing as they seem. An easy way to confirm that your choice is indeed the right one is to perform a post-offer pre-employment screen.

This background check can not only ensure that your candidate’s amazing credentials are legitimate, but that they’re a good investment for your company in the long-term.

A good post-hire employment check begins with submitting certain forms to verify that a person is eligible to work in the country. This can include an I-9 form, which requires two forms of legal ID as well as an E-Verify search.

You could also perform a Worker’s Compensation Records Check. While information availability varies by location, this search provides you with previous information on a candidate’s workers compensation claims on a statewide level.

Ensure that your applicant has been truthful on his or her resume by running an employment and education verification check. This screening confirms that your candidate does have the experience they claimed, and also validates the degrees and certifications that they listed on the application.

Another good screen to perform is a criminal background check. This can be done at the local, state and federal levels to confirm that your candidate will be able to commit to the position completely and can project an upstanding reputation for your company.

Some companies also perform drug testing after extending an offer. Studies have shown that candidates who fail drug tests often are habitually late, exhibit chronic absenteeism, and produce lower quality and quantities of work. These employees can drain valuable resources from the company, spoiling what could be a stellar candidate otherwise.

To help you verify that your shining star applicant is the perfect investment for your company, you should consider calling upon a reputable background screening company. These agencies can not only provide a comprehensive history of a potential employee, but can ensure that process is completed legally and in a timely manner. Quick turnaround and in-depth results mean that your amazing candidate can begin working their magic in your business as soon as possible.

 

Check off what you need for post-hire screening here.

About Tammy Cohen

Tammy Cohen, an industry pioneer and expert in identity and employment screening, founded InfoMart over 28 years ago. Deemed the “Queen of Screen,” she’s been a force behind industry-leading innovations. She was most recently the first-to-market with a fully compliant sanctions search, as well as a suite of identity services that modernizes talent onboarding. Tammy revolutionized the screening industry when she stepped into the field, developing the first client-facing application and a due diligence criminal search that has since become standard for all background screening companies. Cohen has received national awards and honors for her business and civic involvement, including Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Women-Owned Firms in Atlanta, Enterprising Women Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year award, the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Kathryn Woods Racial Justice Award, and a commendation in the 152nd Congressional Record. To learn more about Tammy, visit www.tammycohen.com.

About InfoMart

InfoMart has been revolutionizing the global background and identity screening industry for over 28 years, providing businesses the information they need to make informed hiring decisions. They develop innovative technology that modernizes talent onboarding, including a first-to-market biometric identity authentication application and a verified sanctions search. The WBENC-certified company is a founding member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners, and they have achieved NAPBS accreditation in recognition of their consistent business practices and commitment to compliance with the FCRA. The company is dedicated to customer service, speed, and accuracy, and it has been recognized for its success, workplace culture, and corporate citizenship with over 40 industry awards. To Get the Whole Story on InfoMart, please visit www.infomart-usa.com, follow @InfoMartUSA, or call (770) 984-2727.

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