Could a Job Candidate with a Criminal Record Turn out to Be Your Best Employee?

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What if you found that hiring a former felon could be a good thing for your company?

Or that it could even turn out to a great thing, with such a person actually outperforming other employees with “clean” records?

In light of a recent study from Harvard and Amherst universities indicating that doing so may actually be a wise decision for a number of reasons, it’s a notion worth deliberation.

The Basics of Background Checks in the United States [Infographic]

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Most employers conduct some sort of background check before hiring a new employee. It shouldn’t be a surprise to prospective employees, but sometimes it is if they’ve never been through a verification before. For some candidates, this can be a daunting stage of the job seeking process and they may have a lot of questions.

To help answer some basic questions and ease candidates’ minds, we’ve put together this infographic as a tool for you to share with them.

How to Find the Right Background Screening Vendor: 10 Questions to Ask

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So you’ve determined that you should be conducting background checks, but getting started can be a daunting process.

An Internet search for screening vendors can turn up dozens upon dozens of possible providers – how do you pick just one?

Your most important goal is to engage a vendor that meets your organization’s specific needs.

Here are some things to consider and questions to ask of potential vendors.

6 Questions to Ask When Building a Background Check Policy

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Many employers struggle with determining if they’re at a stage where they really need to have a formal policy around employment background checks.

The reality is that most employers, regardless of size or industry, should likely have some sort of policy in place.

That’s because, no matter what type of employer you are, background checks should be conducted lawfully, and consistently – and screening policies go a long way in helping ensure that this happens.

So what are some questions you’ll want to answer as you create and implement a screening policy?