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Constant Improvement at InfoQuestHR

Aug 25, 2016 | Compliance, FCRA
As leaders in the pre-employment industry we carry a responsibility to our clients to remain up to date with all elements of compliance. In that spirit, we have gone through and passed our FCRA Basic Certifications!
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NOW HIRING: B2B Sales and Marketing Representative

Aug 16, 2016 | Hiring

Are you an outgoing person whose magnetic natural charm shines through even via phone or email? Are you a "fixer," able to identify problems or needs and apply solutions accordingly?

If so, we are looking for you! InfoQuest is a 23 year old...

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Verification vs. RapidReference vs. PreHire360

Have you simply stopped asking for professional reference feedback due to lack of valuable information?

Are you wondering what the difference is between a verification and a reference?

Will a 360-degree reference report help predict job success?

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5 Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Talent Search

In order to find the absolute best talent available for an open position, companies simply have to do more in 2016. Targeting  top-tier workers takes additional steps. If you're still stuck in the days of a generic job ad and unhappy with the...
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HR Industry News: Fed Labor Law Posting Update Effective 8/1

Aug 02, 2016 | Compliance, Human Resources, HR
Today we have a special treat with some Human Resource information on the upcoming changes to federal labor law posting written by long-time friend to InfoQuest and Owner/Principal Consultant of Sabeza HR, Sarah Zasso:
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SkillSurvey Case Study: Golden Living

Many organizations have turned to SkillSurvey Reference Checks as a means to get better information regarding prospective employees . Let's take a look at what happened when Golden Living called upon SkillSurvey for their patented reference...
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*UPDATED* TRICKY TERMS DEFINED: Clearing Up Your Background Check

One of the things we pride ourselves on most at InfoQuest is the clarity we offer to our clients. In the ever-changing worlds of Human Resources and Consumer Reporting, the last thing you need weighing you down is an area of confusion on a...

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SHRM Blog: Give Your Reference Check a Checkup

Jul 21, 2016 | Human Resources, HR, skillsurvey
Roy Maurer writes in the SHRM blog post “Reference Check Checkup” that it is important to assess your reference checking process to make sure that you and your hiring managers are “asking good questions – and talking to the right people.” In...
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Free Download: Breaking Down "Ban the Box"

Today we have a FREE white paper available to you regarding the latest on "Ban the Box."
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TTI: How to Survive This Thing Called "Life" Using DISC

Today's blog comes to us from our partner company TTI Success Insights and their President of TTI Brazil, Alex Ribas.
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Revamp Talent Management to Develop Employees into Leaders

We all agree that it's 2016, right? Then why do so many organizations have Talent Management models that are clearly from the business stone age? After all, the entire point of managing talent is to find who your star players are and turn them...

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SHRM Update: Supreme Court Leaves Home Care Rule in Place

Jul 05, 2016 | Human Resources, HR

Take a look at this recent update from SHRM's manager of workplace law content, Allen Smith, regarding the Department of Labor's rule protecting the wages of home care workers.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of Q2 2016

These are our top viewed educational blog posts between 04/01/2016 and 06/30/2016! 
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Partner Post: 4 Trends to Build an Effective Workplace Communication Model

Jun 28, 2016 | Human Resources, HR
Today's blog comes to us from our partner company TTI Success Insights and their Content Specialist, Kenneth Waldman.
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Are You Scaring Applicants Away?

Jun 23, 2016 | recruiting, Human Resources, HR
Are you scaring applicants away? The best way to find out is to approach your recruiting process from the outside, as a job seeker, and then reverse-engineer your procedures. Here are some key areas to address if you are noticing...
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SkillSurvey Case Study: Talbots

Many organizations have turned to SkillSurvey Reference Checks as a means to get better information regarding prospective employees . Let's take a look at what happened when Talbots called upon SkillSurvey for their patented reference checking...
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HR Industry News: What Employers Need to Know About Background Checks

Today's post comes from a Personal Finance article by Kathleen Burke at MarketWatch about the inner workings and benefits of pre-employment screening.

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Microsoft + Linkedin = Big Win for HR?

Jun 14, 2016 | Human Resources, HR

$26.2 BILLION! Holy cow! That's not a small chunk of change even when considering the size of the professional social media Titan LinkedIn. No doubt salespeople and marketers are already licking their chops with visions of integration between...

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Partner Post - Hiring Trends That Continue to Dominate 2016

Today's blog comes to us from our partner company TTI Success Insights and their Content Specialist, Dina Giovale.

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Breaking Down the Brock Allen Turner Case

 

If you're ever having a great day and want to end it, just hop onto an internet comments section! We're joking of course, but the comments I'm sure we've all seen regarding the Brock Allen Turner trial have no doubt left many of us scratching...

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Partner Post - Blind Hiring Becomes More Prevalent to Overcome Hidden Bias

Today's information comes from a blog written our partner company, SkillSurvey . SkillSurvey is a provider of patented online reference checks proven to be more effective than traditional methods , and which leverage technology to build...
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5 Steps to Strengthen Your Current Screening Policy

In a previous blog post we outlined some steps to take to build a comprehensive background check, but what if you have a fairly solid process in place already? Here are some vital areas that you may not know you've been missing!
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SC's Sex Offender Registry Dilemma

Some organizations think of a Sex Offender Registry as a simple web search that will track down any and all offenders with the click of a button. We're here to tell you that not all of them are created equal and, as the state of South Carolina has...

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HR News Update: Overtime Rule Changes

May 18, 2016 | Human Resources, HR, Payroll

In March we had an amazing guest blog written by by long-time friend to InfoQuest and Owner/Principal Consultant of Sabeza HR, Sarah Zasso regarding the potential upcoming changes for overtime rules in the workplace. Here is a brief outline of...

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Social Media Screening and the Federal Government

Confirmation has come from the Federal Government that Social Media history will be reviewed as a part of its pre-employment process for security clearance. Today we will be breaking down some key details about the new policy.

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Background Checks: New York County Searches Explained

In the world of background checks, not all county searches are created equal - and New York is definitely one of the trickiest states to navigate. Some counties allow record searches, while others have records that are only able to be accessed...

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Partner Post - 3 Ways to Expedite Your Verifications

Today's information comes from a blog written by the Director of Product Management of our partner company, Linda Van Winkle of SkillSurvey. SkillSurvey is a provider of patented online reference checks proven to be more effective than...

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Things Not to Say During an Exit Interview

May 05, 2016 | Human Resources, HR

Every now and again we like to do one just for fun, and this would be a prime example. Business Insider recently posted an article entitled "23 Things You Should Never Say During an Exit Interview." You can find the entire article here, but...

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3 Key Focal Points for Retaining Those Flighty Millennial Employees

One of the recurring phrases that gets tossed around regarding millennials in the workplace is that they are "job-hoppers." Beyond the pure frustration of dealing with a revolving door of talent is the actual damage it can do to a company. When...

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SkillSurvey Case Study: Clemson University

Many organizations have turned to SkillSurvey Reference Checks as a means to get better information regarding prospective employees. Let's take a look at what happened when Clemson University called upon SkillSurvey for their patented reference...

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Partner Post - Taking the Pulse of Reference Checking: It's Stronger Than Ever

Today's information comes from a blog written by the CEO of our partner company, SkillSurvey. SkillSurvey is a provider of patented online reference checks proven to be more effective than traditional methods, and which leverage technology to ...

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President Obama's Fair Chance Business Pledge Broken Down

From whitehouse.gov: "The White House is building on past efforts by challenging businesses to take on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge,” a nationwide call-to-action to accomplish the shared goal of creating a stronger set of opportunities for...

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your Recruiting for 2016

Are you still in the recruitment "stone age?" Take a look at these 4 easy tips to strengthen your recruiting for 2016.

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Let's Talk About Social Media Screening

More than 70% of companies are now using social media sites to recruit candidates, but for some reason less than 20% are using those same sites as a screening tool. It's a controversial topic, but given the fact that social media is becoming so...

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What Do You Risk When You Omit or Use a Sub-Par Background Check?

A new story has broken showing the weight of what can happen when a pre-hire background check is not quite up to snuff.

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Common Mistakes Companies Make Conducting Their Own Background Checks

We may be biased, but it boggles our mind when we speak to HR professionals or hiring managers and they say they don't perform background checks on their candidates. It is an absolutely essential (and easy) step to take in every hiring process....
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HR News Followup: Uber and Background Screening

Uber is about to have to pay up a 10 million dollar settlement after a California lawsuit over misleading statements about driver background screening.
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Form I-9 Still Continuing Past Expiration - Stay Tuned For Updates

Apr 11, 2016 | Human Resources, HR, Form I-9
For those not already in the know, the expiration date for Form I-9 has come and gone as of 3/31, but the US Citizenship and Immigration Services have stated that the form will remain in effect until further notice.
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Sex Offender Easter Bunny Not Screened by Temp Agency

You may have heard by now about the Sex Offender Mall Easter Bunny hired in North Dakota, but what you may not know is that the temp agency who hired him neglected to do a background check at all. Let's dig into the whole story and see how this...
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Tenant Screening for Property Managers: What to Look For

While we do deal largely in the world of Human Resources, we are also well versed in the applicant screening process for property management. There are many platforms available to assist property managers in their task of finding the best...
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Top 10 Blog Posts of Q1 2016

These are our top viewed educational blog posts between 01/01/2016 and 03/31/2016! 
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Can a Bad Reputation Increase Hiring Costs?

According to an article by the Harvard Business Review, the answer is "YES" and by up at least 10% more per hire. So how did they arrive at this jump in cost?
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Strange Interview Questions from Famous HR Departments

Mar 29, 2016 | Human Resources, HR, Interviewing

Have you ever sat in an interview with a hiring manager or an HR leader and just had the most generic and non-targeted questions tossed at you? We all know them when we hear them:

"What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?""Where do you see...

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Changing HR platforms? Ask these questions first!

Mar 28, 2016 | Human Resources, HR, Vendors
For most HR departments there will come a time in the business cycle when you are faced with evaluating vendors and the tools you use. Whether it's a payroll system overhaul or a simple addition of an Applicant Tracking platform, make sure to...
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Breaking Down the Background Check: Who Can't I Hire?

So you've got the background check for your applicant and there is a ton of information, but what exactly are you looking for? Who can't you hire according to the standards within your industry?
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2016 NFL Draft Will Require a Background Check

NFL Draft Season is nearly upon us, and this year all college players will undergo a criminal record background check that COULD bar them from attending the NFL scouting combine or the NFL Draft if convictions for domestic violence, sexual...
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Human Resources Industry News: Overtime Rule Changes

Mar 16, 2016 | Human Resources, HR
Today we have a special treat with some Human Resource information on the upcoming changes to overtime rules written by long-time friend to InfoQuest and Owner/Principal Consultant of Sabeza HR, Sarah Zasso:
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Workplace Training: Don't Sabotage Yourself at Work!

Mar 15, 2016 | Training, Human Resources, HR
While we primarily deal in Human Resources and Pre-Employment, we also want to offer training and education to workers of all stripes! Today we will be focused on anyone feeling like they are in a rut. Sometimes the job itself may have you down,...
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Challenges of a 2016 Human Resources Department

Mar 14, 2016 | Human Resources, HR
We speak to Human Resources professionals every single day of the work week. That's actually a huge part of our job, not only as a background screening company, but also as HR advisors to our clients. In speaking with associates from top to...
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Human Resources Training: Know Your Employee Rights!

Is your employer violating your rights as an employee? What a harrowing thought to have on your mind! Fear not: we have some answers to common workplace misconceptions and what to do if your employer is violating your employee rights.
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