Three Reasons to Notify Job Applicants of Background Check Policy

Classified AdsIn today’s challenging job market, any job posting is going to get a lot of attention. For every job posted on the internet, hundreds – perhaps thousands – of resumes will arrive in a hiring manager’s inbox to be read and culled for the very best applicants.

Every job posting typically includes a description of the job responsibilities, experience requirements and benefits. If your company performs an employee background check on each new hire, however, another element that should be built into the job posting is a notice that employees will be screened by a background check company.

There are three primary reasons hiring managers should announce the mandatory employee background check on each job posting:

1. Deter serious offenders. If an applicant with a serious criminal history sees that you are going to perform an employee background check, they will take themselves out of the running for before sending their resume, saving you the time and the expense of performing an employee background check on them at all.

2. Ensure potential employees’ security. A background check company provides the employer with a recommendation, but not specific information about the employee. Knowing a background check company is involved can help reassure applicants that their privacy will still be protected. Additionally, quality applicants will be more comfortable knowing employee background checks will be utilized to ensure a safe working environment.

3. Protect the employer. No employer wants to take the chance of violating any of the rules or regulations that govern the hiring of employees. By providing ample notice of the required employee background check in each job posting, employers are protected by the Fair Credit and Reporting Act.

Today’s hiring managers have a tough job; finding the perfect candidate is like finding a needle in a haystack. Announcing the employee background check in the job posting can be a helpful way to narrow down that huge stack of resumes to those with the most potential for success.

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