Top 4 New Year’s Resolutions for HR Professionals

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HireRight New Year's Resolutions 2019

Are you one of those people who plan to eat healthier, get more exercise or save more money in 2019? According to a YouGov poll conducted in December of 2017, 37% of respondents had these life goals on their to-do lists for the coming year, making them the most popular New Year’s resolutions in 2018. But how many people still held to them when Valentine’s Day rolled around?

This year, why not make some professional New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep? Make 2019 a year of more confident, safer and better hiring practices for your company with these timely suggestions for your consideration:

1. Start Screening in 2019

A comprehensive background check program can help organisations of all sizes, and in virtually every industry, mitigate employment risk. Based on HireRight’s 2018 HireRight EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report, 89% of HR and risk experts have seen candidates misrepresent information on applications. Screening has uncovered issues in 75% of organisations and 28% have uncovered issues during senior-level screens. Get in touch to find out more about how to set up your pre-employment screening program.

2. Spruce Up Your Candidate Experience

The majority of today’s workforce places an emphasis on not only a comfortable work-life balance, but also a great candidate experience. Our survey found that a positive candidate experience continues to increase in importance with candidates, and is the second biggest challenge in screening—rising by 14% since last year. It’s also a key investment area, with half (51%) of businesses devoting resources to initiatives in this area. Make a resolution to provide timely follow-up communication with candidates, a mobile friendly application and screening process and candidate-friendly emails. Find out more about improving your candidate experience.

3. Start a Rescreening Program

Financial problems, brushes with the law and the loss of professional licenses are just some of the issues that might surface during the rescreening of employees. Periodically rescreening employees protects co-workers and customers, as well as the company and its reputation. Find out more about how to run a successful rescreening program.

4. Screen your Senior Hires

Many companies already conduct background screens on their senior-level candidates. However, some businesses may think that candidates for C-level posts and board positions don’t need to have their backgrounds checked, wrongly assuming that they have been screened earlier in their career. Vow this year to protect your company’s brand and reputation by screening all high-visibility senior hires.


If you’d like to find out more about HireRight’s screening services and how they can help you get 2019 off on the right foot, get in touch with us using our contact form or give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7767 2440. 



HireRight is here to help guide you through the biggest screening challenges so you can focus on what’s important to you; attracting top talent. HireRight provides employment background screening services to organisations of any size, in every industry, and nearly anywhere.

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