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Don't make these three big mistakes when doing background checks

by , 27 October 2014
Most employers understand the importance of doing background checks on potential employees.

They know very well that doing these checks will help them to hire the best person for the job.

But, what we often find, is employers make huge mistakes when doing background checks.
In fact, some of these mistakes land them on the wrong side of the law.

Don't become one of these employers.

Never make these three big mistakes when doing background checks during your recruitment process.

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Here are the three mistakes to avoid when doing background checks

Mistake #1: Failure to follow the law
You can't do things as you please when you conduct background checks.
Our labour laws make it clear that you mustn't conduct background checks in a way that will discriminate against the candidate. If you cross the line, you're opening the door to unfair discrimination claims, says the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
Our advice: Only use background checks to verify the information a candidate's given you in his CV (there must be a link between the background check and the job), be fair, consistent and don't discriminate.
Mistake #2: Failure to follow your recruitment and selection policy
We assume your recruitment and selection policy includes how you'll conduct background checks.
So when recruitment time comes, you must stick to this policy so you can stay on the right side of the law.
Remember, in labour matters, failing to follow your own policies is a cardinal sin and you'll be caught out.

Mistake #3: Failing to communicate
If you don't communicate, you could miss out on a great candidate.
According to Forbes.com, if and when you find something on a background check that may impact the decision to hire an applicant, you should at a minimum, engage in a conversation with the applicant.
'So many misconceptions, mistakes and reporting errors can be resolved by conducting that face-to-face communication,' says the site.
Now that you know about these mistakes, avoid them at all costs when doing background checks. For more mistakes to avoid and rules to follow when doing background checks, get your copy of the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.

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