In a recent op-ed piece written by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, they discuss the practice of employers requiring credit history background checks when screening applicants for employment.
Use of Credit Checks in Hiring Process
Research by the Society for Human Resource Management shows almost 50% (to be exact – 45%) of employers check credit history in their recruitment decision-making process. This practice affects applicants at every level: entry-level, mid-level, and higher-level.
As a job seeker, you know job interviews are an important part of the potential new hire selection and hiring process. If you’ve landed an interview for a job, you’re advised to properly prepare for success.
Additionally, you, the interviewee, are told to connect with your interviewers and sell yourself as the “best person for the job.” If you don’t, you’ve failed the interview.
Sometimes, you, as a candidate, don’t get an offer – even when you’ve followed all of the career advice regarding interviewing. And, upon not securing a job offer, you accept your failure, pick yourself up from the fall, and wonder where you went wrong.
Here’s a question for HR Departments and Hiring Managers: Would you like to know one of the easiest ways to irritate job seekers during the hiring process?
Complicated Applicant Tracking Systems
Hiring processes changed from the days of submitting paper resumes. According to Recruiting Daily, 75% of large companies – smaller companies are following suit – use Applicant Tracking Systems in their recruitment activities.
So, online applications are everywhere, and it’s easy to apply anytime. Who knows this better than job seekers though?