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Pre-employment Screening Can Help Prevent Employee Theft/Fraud
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:50 AM

Employee theft/fraud is an ongoing problem, but Susan Looney, senior vice president of Credit Union Resources says conducting employee background checks can help credit unions avoid hiring individuals that could become a liability for the organization.

Interestingly, although most large U.S. employers conduct background checks today, reports that many applicants continue to embellish and tell “white lies” to secure the next career opportunity. CareerBuilder put together a list of common lies job seekers often include [or omit] from their resumes and concealing a criminal record made the top five. CareerBuilder reports that roughly 11 percent of all background checks return with a criminal record.

Hiding a drug habit also made CareerBuilder’s top five, and reportedly, 48 percent of Americans admit to having used an illegal drug in their lifetime.

Given that job applicants can sometimes lie or exaggerate the truth on their resumes, Looney says pre-employment screening is an essential step in any organization’s hiring practices. 

 “Hiring mistakes happen. However, utilizing appropriate pre-employment screening tactics that include a criminal background check, drug testing, verifying educational background and employment references can minimize the risks of hiring the wrong person,” notes Looney.

Missing something significant in someone’s background, Looney says, can cost your credit union time and money, as well as compromise the confidence of existing staff and members.

Among the services Credit Union Resources offers are employment background checks, which include criminal record check, reference check, credit report, education and drug testing.  To learn more, please visit