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Small Businesses Can Benefit from Pre-Employment Screening Software

Many small business owners may suffer in silence through the sometimes painful and always costly trial and error process of hiring new employees. Ever train someone just to have them leave your company? Ever hire someone only to find out that they have a track record of stealing from their employers? These nightmares can easily be prevented with the use of pre-employment screening software. The best applicant tracking software offer some real time and money saving features that will improve your hiring process so that you can get back to the business of running your company in no time.

So what exactly should a small business owner look for in pre-employment screening software? There are many software companies on the market and it can sometimes be confusing to sort out the best applicant tracking software from the good, the bad and the ugly. Currently, most software companies are offering pre-employment background screening as standard in their packages. This is one easy way to separate the leading companies from the ones that are lagging in industry standards. Now, just because they offer background checks in their software doesn’t necessarily mean that they are doing it the right way. There are a few important considerations when it comes to pre-employment background screening.

The first consideration you’ll want to look at is whether or not the software offers a hassle free way to put in a background check request. You shouldn’t have to exit the software or go through a series of steps to begin the process. Leading software will offer a launch button. Simply click the button and start the process. Many poor hiring decisions can be avoided by performing a background check. An applicant’s references may come back spotless and an in-person interview may not raise any red flags, but a background check doesn’t lie.

Once the process is underway in your pre-employment screening software, you will want to be able to control it and monitor it in real-time. For example, an applicant may contact you and pull out of the hiring process for one reason or another. In this case you won’t want to proceed with the background check. Make sure that your software will give you the ability to stop the check if need be. It sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how poorly some companies allow you to manage your background screening process.

You may be thinking that you simply don’t have enough time to implement a new software system. Entering all of the personal data for background checks might sound too involved for what you want to handle. The good news is that the best applicant tracking software facilitates the data entry process quite effectively. Applicants enter their own data through a web-based account. The information is securely stored on your tracking system, taking the time-consuming labor off your hands.

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