Avoid Résumé Fraud with Background Check Software

Posted by on June 6, 2013 in Employee Background Checks [ 2 Comments ]

Employee ScreeningThe economic downturn that occurred as a result of the financial crisis has caused an increase in the incidence of résumé and employment fraud.

The typical business loses at least 5% of its annual revenue to occupational fraud (ACFE: 2012 Report).

It is now more important than ever to make sure that the people you are hiring are capable, trustworthy, and qualified for the position.

Related: Screen your employees with help from one of our background check providers


Luckily, it is easy to perform a background check on a potential new employee thanks to advances in recruitment software. As an integral part of your hiring process, your recruitment software can generate a background check in a matter of hours – rather than the days or weeks it used to take.

Background Check Software

The laws and regulations regarding background checks, confidential information, and hiring practices have gotten considerably stronger in the past decade. You need to make sure that your recruitment software is up to the task of locating and correctly interpreting your potential employees’ job, educational, financial, or criminal history. Perform an audit on your software to ensure that it offers adequate security, support, flexibility, and – most importantly – accuracy.

Related: 4 Small Business Background Screening Best Practices

  • In the course of recruiting for open positions within your business, you will receive large amounts of sensitive applicant data. This data comes not only from your background checks, but also the candidate’s application, resume, and employment forms. Your software provider needs to guarantee that this information is protected from hackers and restricted to only you and your hiring team.
  • Laws and regulations change every year. Your provider should give you adequate technical support as well as ensure that the software will complies with the law.
  • The software should be flexible enough to generate appropriate checks for a wide variety of applicants and job duties. It should also provide accurate information about job candidates that complies with federal and state regulations.

Screening Your Applicants

You may hire for a wide variety of positions within your business that vary with level of responsibility and trust. Some positions – such as those that require interaction with children, the elderly, or other vulnerable groups – have specific requirements for background checks that must be performed on all employees. If you end up hiring an employee with falsified qualifications or other signs of disrepute, your business could suffer, and even be held liable for any damages incurred by the employee. That is why, even though it may be difficult to navigate the laws regarding background checks, it is so important that you screen your applicants as thoroughly as you are able.

Related: Not All Background Checks are Created Equal: Are You Running the Wrong Reports?

  • If you are hiring internationally, your background check and recruitment software can help you assess the applicant’s paperwork and citizenship status according to the most recent immigration reforms.
  • Most background checks enable you to check the veracity of an applicant’s job and education history. It can include any information that is a matter of public record, including: arrests, convictions, bankruptcies, and workers’ compensation claims.
  • There are legal limits for how you can use the information generated in a background check. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits you from using a prior workers’ compensation claim to discriminate against an employee based on their workplace injury.

Utilizing background check software, you can verify that your potential new hires have been truthful on their resume regarding their qualifications and character. If the job duties require the applicant to oversee financial matters, you can perform a credit check to assess their history of financial responsibility. Your software can augment the recruiting process, help you find the best job candidates, and protect your business from fraudulent job applicants.

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