Survey: Employment Background Checks Spike in Popularity Among U.S. Employers

CLEVELAND / JUNE 28, 2010 — Employment background checks have become an integral part of the hiring process and will only increase in popularity, according to survey findings released by EmployeeScreenIQ.

The global background screening provider surveyed more than 600 HR professionals between April and May 2010. Their response revealed that employment screening has become a widespread practice: of the companies surveyed, 92 percent currently perform background checks. Of that majority, 70 percent use them for over 80 percent of their hires. Additionally, 70 percent of respondents said that background checks have increased in importance in recent years.

Another key finding: while many job applicants’ credit histories have been ravaged by the recession, only a third of the respondents view credit checks as a high priority in the hiring process.

These findings and much more have been compiled into a 14-page report, titled Trends in Employment Background Screening. Other topics include:

– Employer perspectives on emerging issues
– Laws to protect job applicants
– Attitudes of hiring managers and candidates
– Resume fraud, social networking and the use of contract workers

The complimentary report also features a sampling of comments from respondents, providing a candid glimpse into employers’ opinions. To download a copy, visit

“This report is a must-read for employers who need to understand the trends and challenges that are transforming the world of background checks,” said Nick Fishman, chief marketing officer of EmployeeScreenIQ. “The job market is still intensely competitive and some applicants have resorted to extreme measures to land the ideal job. More than ever, companies can’t afford to make a bad hire.”

For an engaging commentary on the survey findings, a new podcast interview with EmployeeScreenIQ’s Nick Fishman is available at

About EmployeeScreenIQ
Founded in 1999, EmployeeScreenIQ is a Cleveland, Ohio-based employment screening company offering a variety of employment screening services to mid- and large-cap organizations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe and East Asia. For more information, visit

Media Contacts:
Nick Fishman, EmployeeScreenIQ

Elrond Lawrence
Fisher Vista/HRmarketer


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