Blog Overview Chronicles 3 reasons why employment checks cannot be ignored in background verifications

3 reasons why employment checks cannot be ignored in background verifications

3 reasons why employment checks cannot be ignored in background verifications

How far can you trust resumes? After all, they do give a recruiter a fair amount of information about a candidate. Do we really need Employment Checks if this is the case? 

For example, when there is an open position in your company, as the recruiter you’re likely to receive multiple resumes to choose from. In an ideal scenario, resumes should give you valuable insights into the candidate’s knowledge, skills, and experience to do the job at hand.

However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, a CareerBuilder survey found that over 50% of employers admit having caught a lie on a potential candidate’s resume.[1]

The sheer ambition of candidates makes them forge certain details on their resumes, particularly their employment history. But what can employers do to save themselves from such candidates?

The answer – verify the candidate’s employment history to ensure proof of employment in the past through ‘Employment Check’.

What are ‘Employment Checks’?

Employment Checks form a part of the pre-employment screening process and help the employer understand if a candidate is trustworthy and a good fit for the role.

Here are 3 reasons why every organization should run Employment Checks for their potential employees

Bid farewell to misfits

In an attempt to convince employers of their skills and experience, candidates tend to provide misleading information about their employment history. This includes concealing career gaps and false employment claims that prove the candidate’s authenticity only on their resume, and not in reality. Digging deeper – with the help of employment checks – companies can save themselves from hiring a misfit and hampering productivity.

Solve the compensation conundrum

It is a common phenomenon for employers to negotiate compensation with a potential employee, but this turns into a heated matter when candidates demand higher compensation based on exaggerated and enhanced job titles on their resumes. This is known as resume padding. To avoid paying hefty compensations based on false data, it is wise for every employer to verify the past employment history of the candidate.

Steer clear of fraudulent hires

Have you ever heard of fake companies? Yes, there is such a thing. It is not uncommon these days for candidates to include the names of fake companies in their resume, just to prove to the employer that they have relevant experience. For all you know, some candidates may have been involved in illegitimate business dealings or malpractices in the past. Hiring such a candidate poses a reputational risk to the company and provides scope for malpractice to reoccur. Therefore, a thorough employment history check allows employers to keep fraudulent hires away. 

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