Not long ago, I learned about a large company facing a tragedy. They’d hired someone who was able to hide a long rap sheet and pass a background check by falsifying basic biographical information. That employee then went on to commit a serious crime, leaving the company and the public shocked and angry. Didn’t they know who they were hiring? the press asked. How could we have missed this? the company asked itself.
Sadly, such instances still happen, even with companies doing their best due diligence. The fact is that the hiring processes most companies follow have fallen behind the times. In the era of data breaches and alternative workforces, companies have to modernize their hiring practices and verify the identity of the people they’re interviewing as early as possible.