The frantic competition for workers has caused many companies to become lax about screening job candidates. That's not smart.
Liars, thieves and violent criminals can easily get a foothold in your workplace if you don't do adequate. Additional threat: Skipping the reference check could put you at risk of a "negligent hiring" suit if that bad apple gets violent.
Here are some tips to help you avoid trouble:
Tell applicants upfront that you'll conduct a. If that sends them walking out the door, that's good, says Barry Nadell, CEO of Infolink Screening Services of Encino, Calif. (www.infolinkscreening.com). You've just saved yourself time by weeding out potential trouble and prompted those who remain to be more honest in their answers.
When asking for references, request names of people who are familiar with the candidate, not just their past HR department. Ask for names of fo...(register to read more)
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