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7 benefits of outsourcing pre employment screening

on Mon, 05/08/2019 – 10:39
pre-employment screening

1. reduced turnaround times 

Choosing a company that specialises in the process or service you want can help you achieve a more productive, efficient service, often of greater quality. Your company’s investment in the recruitment process is significant. Time and resource spent attracting and selecting the best candidates for your business shouldn’t be wasted. The last thing you need is to lose good candidates because of slow screening or background checks. All screening processes are designed for speed and efficiency so as not to negatively impact your time to hire or the candidate journey.

2. cost effective 

Using a provider that has the systems and processes in place should also be a cost benefit to carrying out these activities in-house. Cost-savings achieved by outsourcing your background checks can help you release capital for investment in other areas of your business but do not confuse cost effective with cheap. If you are outsourcing your screening process, that’s exactly what you should expect from your provider. Some providers follow a set process that works for them but will often leave you with too much administrative work to do when they have “finished” the screening process. This approach isn’t cost effective and can be frustrating, your provider should work with you to understand your requirements and what your desired outcome is, then deliver to that rather than what suits them.

3. expertise

Outsourcing can help you leverage knowledge and skills that you may not have in your company. Screening providers often have decades of experience not only understanding the compliance requirements, but also calling on knowledge of industry best practice. Also, a dedicated screening provider should be constantly evolving by implementing the latest technology and working practices.

4. access to information 

Screening is all about bringing together the best and most relevant information together to support your recruitment decisions. Some information is restricted to access by registered users (such as screening providers) but even when it's not, knowing the best source and way to access information is invaluable. It gives you valid and certifiable information in the least time possible.

5. achieving compliance 

It can be challenging for any organisation to be 100% sure that their screening process is always compliant. If the HR department are responsible, often the pressure of work means that certain elements of the screening may not always be followed up - who wants to be chasing references all day when other tasks are mounting up? Or, if it’s devolved responsibility, such as line managers then it’s even harder to be sure everyone is following the same processes. Outsourcing means that an agreed process is always followed, and all candidates are screened to the appropriate level, your provider will have robust audit trails and reporting in place to give confidence that you are compliant in each and every case.

6. improved focus on core business activities 

Outsourcing can free up your business to focus on its strengths, allowing your staff to concentrate on their main tasks and on future strategy.

7. increased efficiency 

Outsourcing can give you access to capabilities and facilities otherwise not accessible or affordable. A screening provider, by using cutting edge technology, ensures the process is optimised for your requirements, and information on the screening status is freely available for you to view when required. The process that a screening provider follows would have been crafted over time to be as efficient as possible. With a screening provider being focused solely on screening, they are not distracted with the other day to day activities that HR have to undertake.