Study: College graduates undergo more background checks than executives

CEO Screening ImageA new study by U.K. background-screening firm HireRight shares some scary statistics. In interviews with 140 human resources representatives, all of whom are employed by companies with more than 5,000 employees, researchers found that it is quite common for executive-level employees to undergo fewer background checks and screening processes than the typical entry-level, college graduate applicant. “[C]ompanies are putting the reputation of their entire business at risk by not carrying out suitable levels of due diligence on their board members, who clearly pose a significantly greater threat than graduates,” said Steve Girdler, HireRight UK’s managing director. According to the study, 45 percent of the HR representatives know of businesses where CEOs are subject to fewer interviews and checks than entry-level applicants, though only 37 percent will admit this is the case at their own place of employment. In addition, 66 percent of companies are not consistent in their screening of executives. Considering that a CEO can be guilty of resume fraud just as easily as a mailroom clerk, it would do business owners well to ensure that every member of the organization has passed basic background checks. Unfortunately, 49 percent of the HR representatives said they assume that those applying for senior positions have not lied on their resumes, and therefore almost a third of CEOs do not undergo any type of screening when appointed to their position. When background checks are conducted, HR finds discrepancies approximately 36 percent of the time. That’s something to be concerned about, as executive-level employees have so much power over a company’s day-to-day operations. It can be extremely damaging to a business to find that a senior-level executive lied his or her way into the role, especially if they are engaging in illegal behavior while in that role. Though this study was conducted in the United Kingdom, it is probable that similar results could be found upon studying similar businesses in the United States. If you are a business owner, make sure that your company has background-screening policies in place, and ensure consistency for all prospects, from entry-level on up. It can save your business and reputation damage in the future with a little bit of attention right now. photo credit: zen via photopin cc]]>

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