Do you know whom you’re hiring?

Study reveals that many job applicants have a criminal past
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/17/2005

Used car dealers often have a reputation for being crooks, but what about the woman selling shoes in the mall or the accountant at the high powered firm across the street?

A recent study revealed that 8.4 per cent of job applicants had a criminal record, highlighting the need for thorough background checks when hiring new employees.

The study, completed by InfoLink Screening Services and based on all the background checks done by the service in 2004, found that even when applicants were told of the background check and authorized the investigation, many had convictions for felonies including assault with a firearm, sexual abuse, forgery and grand theft by employee.