Why going with you gut isn’t always the best answer.

Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.”

Customer: “I hear a lot going with the word “consistency” in background checks.”

Ann (goes to sit, raises chair, assistant who borrowed it last likes to sit in a hole): “It is important. You don’t want to appear discriminatory and get sued for that.”

Customer: “But I can save money if I just screen the applicants that give me the creeps.”

Ann: “No.”

Customer: “But–”

Ann: “No.”

Here’s another fast “why” you shouldn’t go with your gut. You may have heard me tell this story before, it’s a favorite.

One of my clients sent us a background check. We ran the applicant, found she was convicted of felony embezzlement in the Albuquerque District Court two years earlier, and that she was still on probation.

I called my client, “Susie was convicted of embezzlement! Fines! Fees! Jail time!” (I get excited).

My client paused, “She wha—”

“Embezzlement! Sending the report now!” (I’m still excited.)

My client started to. . .laugh. He explained that Susie sat across the desk from him earlier that morning. He offered her the job, saying “It’s yours, unless you’ve convicted of embezzlement or something.”

She laughed and said, “Of course not.”


Be consistent. Be diligent. Put it on autopilot. You will truly save time, sleepless nights and money in the long run.

Ask us how.