Letting Candidates Explain Conviction Records

Letting Candidates Explain Comviction recordsThe Society for Human Resource Management has released findings from a survey of 500 U.S.-based employers regarding their use of employment background checks. The results show that:

  • 72% of employers (up from 64% in 2014) perform individualized assessments for candidates who have conviction records — giving those applicants a chance to explain the circumstances of their convictions, according to a new survey.
  • 21% of respondents said they disqualify candidates due to criminal records more than 20% of the time. “Employers continue to consider other factors such as the severity of the crimes, whether the crimes are related to the jobs being sought, the amount of time since the conviction and whether the candidate is a repeat offender,” the article says. “Indeed, the EEOC recommends that employers use all of these criteria when making hiring decisions.”
  • 90% of respondents said background checks have uncovered information that convinced them not to hire candidates —“firmly fulfilling their purpose of helping employers reduce risk to their organizations and protect their employees, clients and customers.”

Employers’ general concern over incidents of workplace violence, employee theft and negligent-hiring lawsuits continue to rise:

  1. 1 reason employers conduct background checks: Protecting clients and customers, 46%
  2. Workplace safety, 16%
  3. Identifying the best candidates, 15%

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