Entries in Screening (2)


Employee Screening Resumes as Hiring Goes Up

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Finally, some good news on the jobs front.  According to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 40 percent of companies added jobs in the first quarter of 2012, up from 36 percent during the same period last year.  What’s more, 35 percent predicted that in the second quarter of 2012 they will begin hiring, compared with 33 percent from the second quarter of 2011.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, it’s not going to alleviate job competition any time soon.  That means job seekers are going to have to be that much more careful about how they position themselves and recruiters are going to be even more discerning in their hiring.

More than 500 companies -- including Citigroup, eBay, McDonald’s and QVC -- use SkillSurvey Inc., a provider of online reference checking solutions, to get feedback on potential candidates.  In a nutshell, the technology verifies if the applicant has lied about his or her job experience.

Here’s how it works: Early in the interview process, candidates are asked to contact a minimum of five references for recommendations.  References then receive emails directly from the candidate with a short survey and a signed waiver releasing them and their employers from any liability stemming from their disclosures.

The survey, which includes some 25 behavior-based questions, takes only about 10-15 minutes to complete online.  References rate the candidate’s professionalism, problem solving and adaptability, interpersonal skills and personal values.  Confidential comments can also be added.

“The idea is to collect feedback from a number of people with different perspectives who’ve observed the candidate on the job over time,” said CEO Ray Bixler.  Because of the legal-liability waiver and the fact that the results are aggregated, guaranteeing anonymity, he said, references usually provide very honest insights and candid assessments about an applicant.

Some people tend to fib about their education, their salary and job title, along with the dates of past employment.  To ensure that the applicant isn’t entering five imaginary people as references, SkillSurvey also captures the IP address from which the applicant has sent his emails.

Bixler says it’s important to remember that the areas applicants exaggerate on their resumes might be rated negatively by their references.

“Sales applicants are always great examples of this,” he said.  “You’ll never see on a sales applicant’s resume, ‘I occasionally missed my quota.’  You will almost always see something like, ‘I always hit my targets and frequently won sales awards.’  In our surveys, we ask former managers and colleagues if in fact the applicant consistently met their sales targets.  If the rating is low, this means ‘no, not consistently,’ and thus the embellishment on the resume is seen.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Apr182011 to Begin Checking Users Against Sex Offender Database

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days after a California woman filed a lawsuit claiming a popular online dating site is responsible for her sexual assault, officials announced Sunday they will now start to screen users against a national sex offenders registry.

The move comes after a attorney said in a news conference last week that setting up a screening system wasn't possible.

Last week, the woman, publically identified only as Jane Doe, filed the civil lawsuit asking a court to force to install a sex offender screening system that checks a members' background when they register for the site.

The lawsuit had asked for a temporary restraining order that, if granted, would prevent new members from signing up for until such a program is instituted.

Jane Doe is described as an Ivy League graduate who works in film and television industry, according to her attorney, Mark Webb.

Webb said his client met a man on and "she had no reason to believe that he was a convicted sexual offender."

The lawsuit claims Jane Doe and the man went on a date that seemed to go well, but by the next date things turned violent.  The lawsuit said the man went to Jane Doe's home after they had dinner and he forced her to perform a sexual act.

Separate criminal rape charges are still pending in a Los Angeles court.

According to Webb, the suspect has a violent history that includes sex assault cases that should have been caught by before he was allowed to post a profile on the site.

Webb said since is a successful website, they should have the resources to install a system that could verify that a user is not a sexual predator.

Webb said his client is not asking for money in the current lawsuit but instead to trigger a change in the world of online dating.

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