Why conduct a pre-employment investigation? It is estimated that as many
as 30% of resumes are misrepresented. Applicants falsify their resumes,
or leave out important information that employers need to know. The fabrications
can range from an unearned college degree to an undisclosed criminal conviction.
Screening applicants will help employers eliminate serious problems before
they arise as well as demonstrate integrity to qualified and competent
applicants. Though there are many additional reasons why an employer should
pre-screen employees before hiring, the following are four major reasons.
1. Lawsuits from
third parties for negligent hiring. Lawsuits will be much more expensive
than the cost of a full pre-employment investigation. It just takes one.
2. The potential for fraud, theft, embezzlement or property damage. Honesty
and integrity are two virtues that can be determined by a thorough pre-employment
examination. Loses due to criminal activity could be devastating.
3. Work place violence, personal injury claims or sexual harassment suits.
4. Waste in the cost recruiting, hiring and training unqualified employees.
Identify and eliminate unfit candidates. Know that candidates which are
authorized for hiring are suitable.