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Integrated Background Checks: A Hiring Advantage

March 12, 2020 | By Ken Wetzel

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HR professionals often receive hundreds of resumes for a single job posting. No surprise – we’re experiencing a thriving economy and a competitive job market. Also, the way people apply for jobs has changed. Submitting a resume and filling out information online is quick and easy, so even a candidate lacking the skills for a specific task will throw a hat in the ring – after all, it’s only a few minutes to submit the information. What do they have to lose?

Your challenge is finding the candidate that’s the best fit. To get the information you need to make an informed decision, you rely on your applicant tracking system (ATS) and a background screening service.

On its own, your ATS keeps resumes organized, saves pertinent information in one central place, and manages candidates through the hiring process. Meanwhile, a background check provides visibility into the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Separately, they’re two powerful tools that point you in the direction of a great candidate. But you can increase your efficiency, reduce time-to-hire, and streamline the process by integrating your ATS with your background screening solution. Working in conjunction, the benefits became obvious:

  • Reduce time to hire – a better process and less wasted time. Job #1 is filling a position. And the clock is ticking! When you’re monitoring both an ATS and a background screening process, you’re toggling between two different systems and screens, burning precious time. Factor in having to review a large number of applicants and your day is gone before you know it. Integrating systems means you can monitor background screening from your ATS. No need to bounce between applications, smoothing the process, and saving time.
  • Better candidate experience. Whether or not a candidate “gets the job,” you want each person to have a favorable opinion about your company. Clumsy and redundant procedures add to a candidate’s anxiety – which in turn makes him or her look negatively at your company. Also, if you are recruiting a highly sought-after candidate, the time wasted in a clunky hiring process can make the difference in whether they join your company or go elsewhere. Integrating your ATS and your background screening service provider streamlines the hiring workflow. The better the process, the quicker the candidate moves through it.
  • More accurate data input – you’re staying in compliance. During the hiring process, sensitive data is being shared by the candidate. Keeping this information private means your company must follow compliance laws while making sure the information itself is accurately entered. And yes, there might be mistakes in the data entry process. Integrating your ATS with your background screening system can pre-populate many data fields, reducing the chance of a data entry or human error.

A better hiring experience for everyone. There are several long-term benefits – the hiring process is faster, more efficient, more accurate, and provides a better candidate experience. That’s a win for HR managers and candidates alike.

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