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Certegy to pay $3.5 Million in Fines

A growing number of companies are realizing the need for due diligence with respect to background checks for new staff. A thorough background check, as discussed in our recent blog post, often requires the investigation of credit report and financial information. However, not all companies that provide such information are reputable and reliable. A recent Fair Credit Reporting Act settlement is of interest to companies and recruiters who may use the services of Certegy Check Services Inc., as part of their background check process. Cetergy, one of the largest check authorization service companies, was ordered to pay $3.5 million in Read More

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Interview Tips to Differentiate Yourself and Make a Lasting First Impression

Forbes magazine states that it takes just seven seconds for someone to develop a first impression of you. Your appearance is a crucial part of your interview preparation. Ensure that you are dressed appropriately in appropriate office attire, or suitable clothing for the work environment. Your mannerisms and behavior are also under scrutiny in these vital first few seconds; therefore, be sure to shake hands, have a poised demeanor, and sit in a manner that demonstrates that you are interested, attentive, and ready to listen. Follow these tips to impress your interviewers and to stand out from the other candidates:

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The Importance of Thorough Background Checks (and How to Ensure an Effective Process)

Ready for this? Recent statistics from Statisticbrain.com show 53% of resume and job applications contain falsifications. On top of that, 70% of college students have claimed they would lie on a resume to get a job position that they want. Additionally, 3% of job applicants have been reported to have a misdemeanor records, whereas 7% have a felony record. Still think a background check is unnecessary? The incremental effects of poor recruitment processes can be substantial.  Staff replacement costs can increase; whereas staff morale, trust and respect (with regard to management) may wane. Even worse, workplace crime may become a Read More

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Consider Cultural Fit in Your Staffing Recruitment

Your company’s new information technology hire may be the best JAVA programmer within a 100 mile radius. He may have won the latest Google coding competition, but if he is the only introvert in an open-plan, socially-engaged office environment, he may only increase your staff turnover ratio and not your ROI. A diverse workforce can leverage your human capital assets and increase your company’s market competitiveness.  But successful recruiting depends on hiring the right staff for a particular environment and not all personalities will fit.  Personality fit with respect to a job candidate results in higher levels of productivity and Read More