According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, “Small businesses are hiring at a faster rate than their larger brethren after lagging behind for much of the economic recovery.” This is great news for the US economy, as small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) are critical to economic growth. In fact, the most recent job report from the NFIB indicated that 55 percent of SMBs are hiring or trying to hire.
A bad hire can be an expensive mistake for a business to make, but this can be avoided with a background screening program. Hireology recently published an infographic with Accurate Background providing best practices for background screening. The infographic provides both background search and compliance tips to help businesses implement a thorough, compliant screening program. Check out the infographic here.
If you do a quick Google search for DIY background checks, you will find countless websites and articles offering “free” background screening services and how-tos for running background checks on your own. On the surface, it’s easy to see how conducting your own background checks could be enticing. “Instant” and “free” online searches give the perception that performing background checks in house with existing resources will provide you with more control over the process and cost savings. You may be considering in-house screening to get around the FCRA requirements that are mandatory when using a Consumer Reporting Agency to support your background screening. But, just because you could do something in house doesn’t mean you always should. Accurate Background has many conversations with employers who have been using internal screening programs only to realize the risks after something goes wrong.