Tag Archives: Background Checks

The Top 10 Reasons Why Social Media Background Checks Are a Dumb Idea

The latest addition to the modern recruiting process, social media background checks, may be the dumbest element. Unlike most background checks, they don’t verify positive job-related information. Instead, they are used almost exclusively to reject candidates based on a subjective reaction to things that the candidate did while off the job. If you are among the whopping 70 percent of employers that …

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What’s Wrong With Reference Checking? Pretty Much Everything (Parts 1 & 2)

Employment reference checking and background screening should win recognition as the weakest of all corporate HR processes. A validity meta-analysis study conducted by Aamodt & Williams in 2005 found that the corrected validity coefficient for reference recommendations and actual job performance was a staggeringly low .29. Despite the facts, 96% of organizations use reference checks as a screening and selection tool, …

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