Benefits of Pre-Employment Screening: Tips for Organisations

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that at CRB Check Online, we’re always extolling the benefits of pre-employment screening.

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But many organisations still choose to rely on gut instinct when it comes to judging a job applicant’s character.

However, research shows that hiring by gut instinct alone results in a 50{005329dfb7bee03ab27e34e29b1b0e29a2462648c7188fd9e98135c32f2f6d5e} hiring failure rate.

With the amount of information that’s readily available to hiring managers, there’s no need to risk making a misinformed hiring decision.

We’ve put together a list of some of the main benefits of pre-employment screening:

Improved quality of staff

Sad to say, many job seekers lie on their CVs. These inaccuracies are likely to go uncovered without a background check.

Pre-employment screening will help ensure the staff you employ are of the highest calibre, as well as being trustworthy and honest.

Better safety and security

One of the biggest benefits of pre-employment screening is that it helps identify candidates who may pose a risk to the organisation, its staff or its clients.

A basic criminal record disclosure will uncover any unspent convictions the applicant has. Employers are entitled to ask job applicants and volunteers to obtain a basic disclosure regardless of their role.

Some roles require a higher level of disclosure. Standard and enhanced DBS checks help organisations make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable to carry out those roles.

Find out more about DBS check eligibility here.

Reduced employee turnover

Pre-employment screening will help you make better informed hiring decisions. Employees who are a better fit for the role are, of course, more likely to stay in that role.

A decrease in employee turnover will improve the stability of the organisation and cultivate a feeling of unity within the team.

Decreased costs

Although the cost of setting up a pre-employment screening process may seem high to begin with, it will probably save you money in the long run.

Every time you recruit a new employee you incur costs, so every poor hiring decision you make will cost you extra.

Invest in pre-employment screening now and your improved staff retention will mean you’ll reap the benefits further down the line.

Reduced risk

Negligent hiring comes with a high degree of risk, and can sometimes leave the organisation directly liable for its employees’ actions.

Equipping yourself with knowledge about a job applicant’s history may help you avoid incidents, and keep the reputation of the organisation intact.

The benefits of pre-employment screening: a summary

Pre-employment screening will help you make better recruitment decisions, and ultimately improve the quality of your staff and your organisation.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of pre-employment screening, give our friendly team a call today.