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Is a Former Employer’s Bad Reference Harmful?

Company XYZ wanted to hire Joe Blank. He seemed the perfect candidate to fill the job after a lengthy and exhaustive search. Is there such a thing as a too ideal candidate? Even his credentials seemed a masterful fit to the position’s requirements. If Joe was so perfect, then why did he have two badContinue Reading

Answers to Three Important Questions about Background Checks

What can a firm expect when outsourcing candidate background checks? The following Q&A may help you decide what is right for your business. Q.I have a small business and must carefully watch my bottom line. Why would I hire an agency rather than just use information at hand, like searching the Internet and Social Media,Continue Reading

The Story of the Gift that Wasn’t

Who of us has not seen or heard the ads for Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH)? Where the firm’s “prize patrol” appears at the front door with balloons, champagne and an oversized check for thousands of dollars? Haven’t you wondered why (if you have entered this contest multiple times over the years) you have never wonContinue Reading

What Can Giving Gifts to Clients Do for Your Business?

Without clients, your business would not exist. Showing your appreciation especially during the season of gift-giving is more than just participating in a ritual. It is leverage for your business. Offering a gift shows your service providers you are thankful for the services they performed for you and your business during the year. It keepsContinue Reading

Ways to Show Gratitude to Colleagues and Clients

Thanksgiving, with its cravings for turkey and a table full of family and friends, has quickly passed and our thoughts turn from thankfulness to what we want for Christmas – wait . . .  thankfulness is a year-long essential. That’s the DataScreening challenge – to make expressing your gratitude to colleagues and clients a lifestyle,Continue Reading

4 Ways Your Candidate Could Fail a Background Check

In today’s gig economy, finding a qualified applicant is challenging. Let’s say after months of searching and expending generous overhead; you’ve discovered just the right specialist for the position. All the interviews and skills assessments are completed, and the offer has been extended, pending an acceptable background check. You have submitted the information to aContinue Reading

6 Solutions for Great Property Management.

As a property management company, your focus is not just on providing what tenants will sign leases for, but also for doing so in a way that continues the best profitability because of best management practices. These 6 items will help you keep an eye toward this goal. Draft and execute accurate property management agreementsContinue Reading

Rescreen Employees?

Life happens. During even a short period of time, difficulty can strike an employee and cause him or her to push the limits. Consider Mr. B – who had an acceptable screen before hire, but then poor decision-making and money troubles led his wife to file for divorce. Mr. B began missing work as assistantContinue Reading

Discrimination in Employee Screening?

Would you be shocked to learn discrimination is sometimes allowed in employee screening? Anyone who regularly hires others would be familiar with Title VII or the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which has led to the statement on many applications that “prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Similarly, the AgeContinue Reading

Could Changes to Credit Reporting Boost Your Credit Scores?

Beginning in July 2017, millions of Americans could see an increase in their credit scores as the TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax, the three major credit agencies, drop tax liens and civil judgments from their reports. FICO says about 12 million of the 200 million credit consumers will see an increase of about 20 points. ThisContinue Reading