He’s Making a List, Checking it Twice

[Phone rings]

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.”

Customer: “I got that holiday song stuck in my head. . .”He’s making a list, checking it twice. Gonna Find out who’s naughty or nice.”

Ann: [flips micro-switch that illuminates the mini light bulbs on her Christmas sweater]. “That sounds like an opening to a holiday blog on background checks.”

Customer [swills eggnog]: “Everything sounds like background checks to you.”

Ann: [stirs hot chocolate with a candy cane swizzle stick]: “Let’s start with the naughty list.”

Nine Employment Statistics to Consider When Hiring: 

  1. The Wall Street Journal said that 34% of all application forms contain outright lies about experience, education and the ability to perform essential function of the job.
  2.  College and University registrars report that at least 60% of the verifications they receive contain falsified information.
  3.  11% of job applicants misrepresent why they left a former employer.
  4.  It has been estimated that resume fraud costs employers approximately $600 billion annually.
  5.  9% of job applicants falsely claimed they had a college degree, listed false employers or identified jobs that didn’t exist.
  6.  Nearly 1/3 of job applications listed dates of employment that were inaccurate by more than three months.
  7. Violence in the workplace accounts for 17% of all occupational fatalities, making it the second leading cause of job-related fatalities, right behind traffic deaths.
  8. Violence in the workplace is estimated to cost businesses more than $36 billion annually.
  9. Up to 5% of American workplaces experience a workplace violence episode annually.

 Customer [adds a dash of nutmeg to his eggnogg]: “Okay, I got the picture. Isn’t there anything NICE you can tell me?”

Ann: [nibbles on Christmas cookie]: “Of course. How’s this for Nice:”

How Background Checks Protect You and Your Company

  1. Background checks provide a safer workplace for employees and customers
  2. Background checks help you hire the most qualified people to help you grow your business.
  3. Background checks minimize exposure from employee liability by practicing due diligence in the hiring process.
  4. Background checks encourage honesty in the application and interview process.
  5. Background checks help to eliminate uncertainty in the hiring process.


Want to know if your applicants are landing on the naughty or nice list? Call us today for a free consultation. (714) 587-9166.