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Study: 1/3 of applicants removed after reference checks

In a new survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, senior managers reported they remove approximately one in three candidates (34 percent) from consideration for a position with their company after checking their references. “Reference checks carry as much weight as any other point in the hiring process, and a misstep here can put you back at square…

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What questions should be asked in a reference check?

Your company is hiring — great! You want to find the best possible employee, the one that will work well with the rest of your team, fit in to the corporate culture, and be an asset to the company. But before you hire that first qualified candidate, you’ll want to do some research. One of…

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Three reasons to perform employment reference checks

1)   You want to ensure the applicant was honest. Resume fraud is a big problem, and it happens on all levels — from entry level to upper management. By contacting applicants’ references, you can ensure they did not embellish past job duties or fabricate educational experience. 2)   You want to ensure they have the right…

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MBA programs see increase in applicant background verification

It is becoming more and more common for higher education programs and schools to conduct background checks on its applicants. However, unlike schools that want to confirm students’ criminal histories, these business school programs are more interested in whether its applicants are being honest on their applications. Depending on the school or MBA program, employment…

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Questions to consider when screening renters

Whether you’re leasing an apartment or renting out office space, your job is to fill the openings with tenants that will help you maintain your investment and avoid potential liabilities. If you suspect a potential renter will not pay on time or will cause excessive damage to the property, you have to do what’s in…

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Report: No references required for federal law enforcement hires

reference checking to assess skill and aptitude of applicants for law enforcement positions, such as background investigations; performance assessments; polygraph examinations; logic, cognitive and behavior tests; panel interviews; medical examinations; and drug and fitness tests. “While these methods may demonstrate the applicant’s abilities and suitability for employment and eligibility for national security access, they do…

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What are the costs of a bad hire?

Resoomay explores the baffling costs of making a bad hire, and it’s certainly information we thought was worth highlighting. Check out a few of the startling statistics – no doubt you’ll be surprised: Between hiring costs; total compensation; cost of maintaining the employee; disruption costs; severance; and mistakes, failures, and missed business opportunities, an employer’s average…

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How to perform a reference check

What is a reference check Employers perform reference checks to ensure that the qualifications an applicant has claimed to have are genuine, that their employment history is honest, and that their work ethic and personal values are going to have a constructive impact on the company. An employer will usually check previous employment information, as…

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