Much of the talk about background checks lately seems to be focused on doing court checks. There’s no question about the importance of doing a thorough court check, but a court check isn’t the be-all/end-all of pre-employment screening. It’s just as important to know that the candidate graduated from the college or university he put on his resume or job application. It’s just as important to know if the candidate worked where he said he did and if he held the job title he claimed. Finally, it’s just as important, if not more so, to know how well the candidate performed on the job and if he has the necessary skills and qualifications for the job that needs to be filled.
The point is not to lose sight of the forest for the trees when it comes to employment screening. Accurate court checks are important; but, to make the best possible hiring decision, more needs to be done to have a fully complete picture of a candidate’s qualifications for the job.