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Thursday, August 13, 2009


Choosing a Employee Screening Provider

Trying to hire the right employees can be difficult for any business. Since many people submit resumes containing statements that are dishonest, it has become a popular practice to screen applicants before offering them a position. While some companies conduct their own background checks, doing so is often complicated. If done incorrectly, it can leave the business open to a lawsuit. Because of this, many have their pre-employment screening handled by a secondary company.

The popularity of outsourcing for background checks has caused a rise in screening providers, which has made the market very competitive. This can be a problem for companies that are trying to choose which provider should handle screening their applicants. Those struggling with this decision can do several things to make their choice easier.

For starters, the individual researching background check providers should keep in how many new workers the company needs each year. Do they hire a large number of people frequently or just a few new employees at a time? Since many providers have different plans for companies that depend on the answer to this question, it is a great place to start. Businesses that only hire a few workers from time to time would most likely be better off with a pay-as-you-go style program. Those that frequently recruit new workers often find it more affordable to go with a program that is set up with a flat rate that is paid either monthly or yearly.

Another important thing to consider is whether or not the company will need any other employee screening assistance aside from background checks. Some providers also have competency tests, personality evaluations, and a variety of other skills tests available for purchase. If these things will be needed to ensure that the best workers are recruited, then it might be best to see if services can be purchased as a bundle.

After figuring out the answers to the two questions mentioned above, it is a good idea to find out which providers similar companies go with. Other professionals may have good information about which employee screening companies have worked out for them and which ones to avoid. Word of mouth can often lead to the best service.

Although each company will have its own specific needs, taking al of these things into account will make finding a good background check provider much easier. It will also help to eliminate those screening companies that will not accurately address the business’ needs.

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