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5 Mistakes That Will Cost Your Company Money

2015 is already looking to be a major year for hiring. The economy is bounding out of the last recession and companies are eagerly snatching up top talent in all departments. This is amazing news. The not so amazing news is that your company might have some glaring holes in your hiring process. According to HireRight’s 2015 Employment Screening Benchmark Report’ more than three-quarters (76%) of employers plan to grow their workforce this year. But not all of the findings were as chipper as that figure. In producing the report, the background check provider HireRight polled more than 3,000 HR, recruiting, security and management professionals to find out what their hiring practices look like. It found some employers are making mistakes that could hurt them down the line. A handful of the most common mistakes:

Failing to verify credentials. HireRight found that 50% of employers weren’t checking job candidates’ education backgrounds and 32% weren’t checking previous employment. This is particularly concerning when you consider that 86% admitted to having caught a candidate in a lie at one time or another.

Not re-screening after the initial hire. Just because a person was squeaky clean when you hired them five years ago doesn’t mean their record’s still spotless. HireRight warns that failing to spot potentially dangerous additions to an existing employee’s record could leave you open to negligent retention claims down the road.

Failing to drug test. Changing marijuana laws are making this a more complex area, but HireRight suggests that more employers consider conducting pre-hire and ongoing drug tests in the name of preserving workplace safety and productivity and decreasing absenteeism. Currently, 34% of employers don’t conduct any type of drug testing, the poll found.

Conducting risky social media screenings. HireRight says 36% of respondents use social media to screen applicants, a figure which is growing. This is an area where employers need to tread carefully to make sure they’re not screening out applicants for discriminatory reasons or digging up protected information.

Not going over the border. HireRight says 15% of respondents conduct global screening a figure it deems too low. The firm says it’s important for companies to take their screenings global and not bypass verifying candidate’s non-U.S. work history and qualification claims.”