Magazine article Talent Development

Due Diligence Matters: Avoid Making Bad Hires

Magazine article Talent Development

Due Diligence Matters: Avoid Making Bad Hires

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More than one in four companies-28 percent--do not conduct background checks on all new employees, a CareerBuilder survey has found.

The survey, which polled hiring managers and HR professionals in the private sector, also reported that 75 percent of employers have hired the wrong person for a job. More than half realize their mistake within the first three weeks of hire, while 20 percent say they know it's a bad fit within the first week.

Notably, 49 percent of employers reported that the bad hire's skills did not match what he claimed to be able to do when hired, and 37 percent report that the candidate lied about his qualifications-issues that may have been uncovered during a background check. Of the 72 percent of employers who do conduct background checks, 62 percent confirm employment, 50 percent confirm education, and 38 percent check licensing.

Additionally, employers reported experiencing several behavioral and performance issues with bad hires. Fifty-eight percent said that the employee didn't produce the proper level of work, while 45 percent said the employee had immediate attendance problems. …

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