For those with a criminal conviction, the mere thought of a background check by a potential employer often produces high anxiety. There is a real fear among job applicants with a criminal history that no matter how qualified, they will most likely be rejected by an employer because of past involvement in the criminal justice system. There is evidence to support that attitude. But attitudes are changing, according to a new report based on a survey of employers conducted by EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading background investigation company. Click here to go to website.
The report’s findings may be surprising for some, including the revelation by survey responders that having a criminal record would not automatically disqualify a candidate for a position, even if the candidate “distorted” information on his or her job application. Employers are still continuing to use background screening companies to run checks on potential employees, but according to the report Employment Screening Practices & Trends: the Era of Heightened Care and Diligence more and more of employers are willing to look beyond an arrest record in an effort to hire the most qualified person for the job.
Source: The Fortune Society