Are You Gambling with Your Hiring Process? Four Common Myths About Background Screening

Posted by Michelle Yoder, Justifacts on July 15 2015

This guest post is by Michelle Yoder, Justifacts’ Operations Manager. Justifacts’ background screening services are fully integrated with Berkshire’s BALANCEtrak applicant tracking system.

Finding the ideal candidate can feel a lot like hitting the lottery. An organization’s ability to grow and be successful is dependent on great hires and the talent they bring. Unfortunately, the hiring process requires a lot more than just luck. Every hiring manager is looking for that “Ace” and to find that perfect individual, a hiring manager’s process list can be long and often includes each of the following:

  • Finalizing the job description
  • Promoting the positions
  • Filtering applications
  • Completing ATS requirements
  • Selecting candidates for interviews
  • Scheduling/carrying out interviews
  • Narrowing the list for the right person

The Right and Wrong Ways to Use Background Checks

Posted by Lauren Collinson, Senior Communications Specialist on April 30 2015

Background checks can be valuable aspects to the recruiting process, but there are several pitfalls employers should avoid—as well as oft-overlooked benefits.

One of the most vital steps in determining which applicant is the best person for the job is the background check. It can help employers ensure they don’t overlook any potential problems with an otherwise acceptable candidate—disruptions at past jobs, a significant criminal record, and so on. But the background check can also be a tricky thing to pull off correctly. Organizations that conduct this research improperly have more at stake than hiring the wrong person—it could lead to legal action and terrible public perception.

Recorded Webinar: How to Protect Your Organization from Common Résumé Lies

Posted by Coriana Spencer, HR Industry Writer and Blogger on March 31 2015

Recorded: 2015
54 minutes
Presenters:  Jessica Holden, BALANCEtrak Product Specialist, Berkshire Associates, and Tim Hudec, Screening & Verification Manager, Justifacts

According to Business Insider, recruiters take an average of six seconds to scan a résumé and determine if a candidate will receive the anticipated phone call for an interview. Aware of this statistic, the anxious job seeker is completing an application, and feeling the pressure to ensure in those six seconds their introduction to the recruiter will give them the interview they so badly desire. As they put their best foot forward, making sure to highlight their most relevant job requirements and skills, they are faced with a decision—to stretch the truth and increase their chances of moving along in the hiring process, or do their best to exemplify a qualified candidate with honesty, integrity, and accuracy. Unfortunately, many candidates make the wrong choice. They lie on their résumé, are hired for a position, and in the long run cause great stress, financial loss, and reputation damage to the organization.

Five Applicant Tracking Software Must-Haves for 2015

Posted by Patti Mascone on January 22 2015

Although recruitment and hiring are constants for HR professionals, these practice areas are often marked by constant change, particularly for federal contractors who face evolving regulations. With such a big focus on effective recruitment in 2015, the following five must-haves of an excellent applicant tracking system (ATS) will keep you on track:

Watch Free Webinar on Ban the Box Legislation and Use of Background Checks in Hiring

Posted by Mary Madden on October 29 2014

Effective hiring processes are c ritical for the success of any company. Berkshire teams up with Justifacts Credential Verification to cover the latest hiring laws and best practices.
This video focuses on human resources compliance in the hiring process. Access the recording, presentation slid es, and a robust Q&A sheet here, along with other useful resources to help keep HR out of the courtroom.

Topics include:

  • FCRA Lawsuits
  • EEOC Updates
  • Data Security
  • Ban the Box Legislation
  • Use of Credit Reports in Hiring

Webinar presenters provide guidance and best practices to comply with employment regulations. You will get practical, actionable tips you can start using immediately.

Berkshire Director Testifies on EEOC Accountability

Posted by Coriana Spencer, HR Industry Writer and Blogger on September 18 2014

On September 17, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lynn Clements, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the issues of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) transparency and accountability. Lynn has close to 20 years of experience as an HR consultant, worked as a lawyer at several management-side law firms, and formerly served as a staff member at EEOC and the Department of Labor (DOL). Lynn used her expertise to testify before the Congressional subcommittee regarding the following EEOC legislative proposals:

Listen! Online Radio Show Discusses Criminal Records in Hiring

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on June 13 2013

Listen now to hear Beth Ronnenburg, President of Berkshire Associates, on Local Job Network Radio, discuss what Directive 306 means to federal contractors and subcontractors and federally-assisted construction contractors and subcontractors (contractors), and how to plan accordingly.

Why More and More Employers are Conducting Pre-Hire Background Checks

Posted by Carla Pittman, Senior Manager, Berkshire Associates on May 15 2013

By Special Guest Writer: Tim Hudec of Justifacts

Regardless of the size of your business, pre-employment screening is a necessary practice to avoid lawsuits and costly hiring mistakes. Because of security and litigation concerns, corporate scandals, and workplace violence, pre-employment screening has become a crucial element in the hiring process. In fact, recent studies show there are roughly two million acts of violence in the workplace each year.