Think about this: Nearly two million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year and, in the United States, fraud committed by employees costs companies approximately $20 billion annually. Workplace theft tops out at more than $120 billion annually.
Property managers have a duty to provide the best people for the job, but with staggering statistics such as these, it’s crucial that anyone hired by a residential association be reliable, trustworthy and dependable. This means that applicants need to go through a rigorous screening process to weed out candidates with records of terminations, disciplinary action, or criminal history. But be careful, because studies show that 30% of applications already contain false information.
According to the HireRight Benchmarking Report (hireright.com), a survey of nearly 1,800 human resources, talent management, recruiting, security, safety and other professionals from organizations of all sizes, most employers require screening in order to maintain compliance with employment laws and regulations, improve the quality of hires, protect their organizations from theft and fraud and reduce employee turnover and workplace violence. These background checks can range from Social Security number verification to employee's history, credit checks and, a peek into their Facebook page.
The Employee Selection Process
Before an employer delves into an applicant's legal and financial history, they must first determine if she or he is the right fit for the position available.
A resume is a first impression of who your applicant is and can say a lot both positively and negatively. What are you looking for? Job stability. Do they stay at their jobs or hop from job to job? For schooling, call any schools listed as well as previous employers to confirm the applicant attended those schools and worked at those businesses. A former boss can tell a caller anything about the performance of the applicant, although most employers have a policy to only confirm dates of employment and final salary.