If you are requesting your applicants submit references and background check information, then as a responsible employer, you really should be following up with those checks. There are a wide variety of reasons why you could regret foregoing this extra step before hiring an applicant, but within the field of IT checks are of particular importance. Don’t rush into hiring someone without a background check simply because it feels like an unnecessary step in the process. Here are some serious considerations to take into account before you breeze past this critical phase in the recruitment process.
Access to Sensitive Information
One of the most important things to keep in mind when hiring a new employee is what level of access to sensitive information they will have. IT applicants and professionals are particularly adept at accessing this type of information, that’s what they’re hired to do in many cases. A thorough background check will help you learn whether they are being as up front with their work and educational history as their resume and interview lead you to believe, as well as any criminal activity that may be lurking in their personal or professional history.
Corporate theft and espionage are very real concerns, no matter what industry you are in. In order to safeguard your organizational assets, you need to be sure you can trust the people you hire. Background checks are a reliable way to confirm an applicant’s work history, but also to screen out candidates who have had a string of bad professional instances in the past. Whether or not you find something in a background check can influence your final decision one way or another, but as a responsible manager, you need to know what to expect from a candidate to help avoid conflicts down the road.
Verification of Work History and Education
It is notoriously easy to exaggerate on a resume, particularly when a candidate is really motivated to get the job. Fortunately, it is almost equally easy to check the information that is provided. Whether you use a formal background screening service or call references yourself, verifying what they say is true will help give you the peace of mind that you are hiring an honest and trustworthy individual. If you have the opportunity to speak with former supervisors and other references (usually with the permission of the candidate through their reference list), you will be able to get a better understanding of the work product the candidate has produced in the past, their interactions with co-workers and managers, and even reasons why they left a former position. This information is highly valuable and failing to do your homework as a hiring manager can result in regrets that could have easily been avoided.