Background screening has become the ‘new normal’ in how companies choose who to employ and do business with.
Advances in technology mean that these trends change with time. So what are the 6 to follow over the next decade? Read on.
1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
The use of Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in background screening will become more common. These technologies have already started to make their way into the background screening process, and this trend is likely to continue.
They can help automate various aspects of screening, such as verifying credentials, checking criminal records, and analyzing social media activity. AI and ML can also help identify patterns and anomalies that human screeners might miss, improving accuracy and efficiency.
2. Continuous Screening
Employers will increasingly turn to continuous screening, which involves monitoring employees’ behavior and performance on an ongoing basis. Traditional background screening typically occurs at the beginning of the hiring process and may only be repeated if there is a specific reason to do so.
However, continuous screening involves technology such as data analytics or employee monitoring software. This approach can help employers identify potential risks or issues early on, such as criminal behavior or workplace harassment, and take proactive steps to address them.
3. Social Media Screening
Social media screening will become more prevalent as employers seek to gain insights into candidates’ personal lives and behavior.
Social media has become an increasingly popular tool for employers to run a background check. This involves checking candidates’ online presence and activity to gain insights into their personality, behavior, and values.
However, there are concerns about data privacy, potential biases, and the fact that social media screening may only sometimes be a reliable indicator of a candidate’s suitability for a job. A person’s professional manner and attitude may vary considerably from their online persona, so it’s often not the best judge of character.
4. Global Screening
Companies must conduct background screening across multiple jurisdictions as they become more global. This will require a deeper understanding of local laws and regulations and the use of technology to streamline the process.
For example, some countries may have stricter data protection laws or different rules around what types of background checks are allowed. To address these challenges, companies may need to partner with local experts or use technology to streamline the screening process.
Consulting with professionals who understand all the complexities of cross-border business laws will become a necessary part of conducting daily business.
5. Candidate Experience
Employers will place more emphasis on the candidate’s experience during the screening process. This will involve streamlining the process, providing timely updates, and offering support and guidance to candidates.
Based on feedback from people frustrated by the interview process, there has been growing awareness of the importance of providing a positive candidate experience during the hiring period. This includes background screening methods, which can often be time-consuming and stressful for candidates.
To improve the candidate experience, employers may seek to streamline the screening process, provide regular updates, and offer support and guidance to candidates.
6. Diversity and Inclusion
There will be a greater focus on diversity and inclusion in background screening. In order to build diverse and inclusive workforces, employers will need to ensure that their background screening processes are fair and unbiased.
This may involve identifying potential sources of bias in the screening process, such as relying too heavily on criminal records and taking steps to mitigate them. It may also include making the screening process more accessible to candidates from diverse backgrounds, such as by offering translations or accommodations for candidates with disabilities.
Background Screening Trend of the Future
Overall, the background screening landscape is set to become more sophisticated and complex over the next decade as employers seek to balance the need for thorough screening with the desire to provide a positive candidate experience.
The focus is going to be on using more AI and ML tools. Social media and global screening practices will increase. Screening won’t finish at the interview stage; it will continue through the employment period.
Candidates will be better looked after with positive advances in clear communication and better diversity.