3 Ways Hiring Can Backfire and How to Protect Yourself

Do you know that hiring a new employee without conducting proper background checks can leave your business vulnerable? Lost productivity, damage to your company’s reputation, and potential legal consequences are at stake, but background screening can help mitigate these risks. Whether it’s a thorough investigation of an individual’s criminal and civil records, identity verification and a detailed analysis of an individual’s credit history and financial standing, employment and education checks, or drug testing and driver’s records, VerifyProtect’s comprehensive screening services can help you make informed hiring decisions that shield your business from potential problems. Here are just a few of the many ways hiring can backfire, as well as tips to protect yourself.

A Waste of Time, Money, and Resources

In today’s highly-competitive business environment, it is essential to ensure that the people you hire are trustworthy and reliable. After all, hiring a new employee is a large investment. Not only are you spending time and money on training and onboarding someone, but you are also utilizing company resources (particularly from HR) in the process. You do this in good faith, with the expectation that this individual will be equally invested in your company, long-term. According to Forbes, the effectiveness of hiring policies may play a role in a company’s employee turnover rate. As such, pre-employment screening services can be a safe (and smart) addition to help prevent poor retention rates.

A Potentially Dangerous Situation

Now more than ever, criminal background checks for new hires are an imperative, and obvious, way to help keep your workplace safe. But did you know that civil convictions aren’t criminal in nature and won’t show up on a criminal background check, despite the fact that they can result in fines or even jail time? The employees you hire are a direct reflection of your company and thus a reflection of you, and a past civil judgment against a job applicant can say a lot about his or her character. For example, a civil screening could reveal past bankruptcies, bank liens, and even past suits brought forth against an applicant by a previous employer or co-worker.

An Unfounded Legal Accusation

When choosing to hire a new employee, it is also important to make sure everything you do is equitable, unbiased, and always above board. Basing decisions on documented facts versus feelings allows you to be careful in who you hire without being discriminatory. Just as landlords should conduct tenant background checks, companies should screen all potential employees regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, familial status, or national origin. Opting for this fair and impartial policy can help protect you from any unfounded legal accusations that may arise, in addition to the aforementioned risks.

When it comes to hiring new employees, what you don’t know can hurt you and your business. Thankfully, VerifyProtect offers a range of affordable solutions designed to seamlessly integrate into your hiring process. Since 1988, we have been a leading provider of employment screening services that help companies of all sizes to secure great talent. To learn more about how we can help you make informed hiring decisions and protect your business from potential risks, visit our website or contact us today.


VerifyProtect delivers first class Employee Background Screening services nationwide. We save you time with fast, personal service and unquestionable results, utilizing advanced technology, and reviewed by a trained professional, not an AI bot. Our experts will ensure that your background check program integrates seamlessly and affordably into your hiring process. Visit WWW.VERIFYPROTECT.COM today to learn more!

Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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