Employee screening revealing more problems with potential hires

A common growing complaint of hiring managers is the quality of job applicants just isn’t what it used to be. When a criminal background check turns up something, that comes as little surprise.

Almost every category of background check turned up more hits in 2006 than previous years. Criminal records checks yielded 9.1% hits, up from 8.5% the previous year. Almost 10% of people applying for work have a criminal record. Every industry is different, but the biggest increase in hits are in construction and retail sales. Financial services, healthcare, and education had much fewer hits, but this is little consilation since a criminal hire in these industries would have much worse impact.

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