Despite their importance, pre-employment screening is often subject to misconceptions and myths. Some of these misconceptions are harbored by employees and job applicants are mostly based on a basic misunderstanding about the process, laws and the very nature around pre-employment screening. To fully appreciate the importance and value of pre-employment screening, debunking the main misconceptions around them is the only way.
Criminal Records Are Signs of Unemployment
Both employers and job applicants tend to have misconception, most employers think that by virtue of having criminal records, a job applicant is not accepted. Most job applicants also think that criminal records mean they won’t get hired and they won’t have a job.
The reality is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission places certain restrictions on employers who use criminal records as an excuse to deny them employment. One requirement of the commission is that the nature of the conviction must have an impact on the nature of the job available. Also, a lot of employers realized that pre-employment screening and background checks sometimes return false reports. Which means rushing to make hiring decisions can lead them to lawsuits.
Applicants Have No Power
A lot of job applicants believe that they don’t have any powers when it comes to pre-employment screening. Thinking employers have all the cards, which is what some employers also think.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives job applicants all the power. For instance, any pre-employment screening cannot be conducted without the written consent of the applicant.
All Pre-Employment Screening Are the Same
This is the most common misconception among employers, which is what being perpetuated by cheap pre-employment screening firms. The goal is to convince employers that their services are as good as the expensive ones.
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