, the Background Screening Information Portal Releases 2016 Employers Background Screening Practices Survey Results

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Timeliness in providing results once again ranked #1 as the top issue of concern by HR Managers., the background screening information portal for Human Resources professionals, announced it has released the results from its 2016 Employer’s Background Screening Practices survey conducted at the SHRM Talent Management in April 2016 and SHRM Annual Conference in June 2016. The results are based on the surveys conducted at both conferences.

Survey questionnaires were administered in our exhibit booth at each conference and also a pre-conference post card was mailed to conference attendees allowing them to respond to the survey online. We received a total of 662 responses which represents an all-time high number of responses since we started the survey eight years ago.

W. Barry Nixon, co-author of Background Screening and Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from a Human Resources and Security Perspective and COO, said, “We are very pleased that a record number of HR professionals responded to our survey this year which demonstrates the continuing interest and importance of background screening during a time when hiring good candidates is at an all-time premium.” Nixon added, “Our survey gives employers a chance to provide valuable input on their thinking regarding key background screening practices and issues which in turn helps professional background screening firms understand what’s on their clients’ mind.”

Consistent with the last several years results the top ranked issues of concern to employers were timeliness, accuracy and cost. HRIS integration, legal compliance and customer service also were ranked as important.

To no one’s surprise ‘timeliness’ continues to be the number one ranked item, most likely due to the increasing pressures on recruiters and HR professional to quickly hire people. The job market continues to heat up and time-to-hire numbers are actually increasing so the pressure for quicker hires is only going to get worse. Background screening providers that have focused on increasing their efficiency will benefit as more companies seek to augment their hiring process with partners that will not ‘slow down the process.’

Another key findings was that the vast majority of employers have normalized their hiring processes with the EEOC Arrest and Criminal Records Guidance.

The survey results also indicated that employers are increasingly more satisfied with the services they are receiving from professional background screening firms which is in deep contrast to the results reported over the last four years.

Copies of the survey results are available at Download a copy here. Please direct any questions about the survey to W. Barry Nixon at 1-949-770-5264 or you can email him at wbnixon(at)PreemploymentDirectory(dot)com.

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