Innovation in technology leading the way in screening industry

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Background screening technology has led to improved screening across all industries and sectors, providing a more efficient process for employers and candidates.

Automated backend operations are now commonplace, allowing the screening process to be streamlined and less open to human error. This dashboard software also provides an opportunity to create reports and analyse candidate data, while both candidates and screening providers can track the progress of reports. This reduces turnaround time as well as hiring costs.

Pre-employment screening involves the management of highly sensitive personal data, and companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that the data is safe and protected. The latest screening technology improves the security of data through storage and processing and allows for secure transfer of data between HR departments and screening providers.

With the digitisation of background screening, HR professionals are now able to carry out more thorough and accurate checks in a shorter period. In addition, reports will be more detailed than previous analogue reports, allowing employers to gain deeper insights into prospective hires.

Technology continues to provide limitless scope to advance the screening process. The popularity of mobile responsive apps across all sectors and industries has grown, and screening providers will roll out the mobile experience which will make the screening process more accessible and convenient for candidates. Candidates will be able to complete their part in the screening process quickly, with fast document uploads as well as the ability to track their progress. Mobile apps are just one of the ways that technology can improve the candidate experience and ensure that companies provide faster onboarding for top talent, reducing the likelihood of losing them to the competition.

Employing candidates from overseas can be more complicated due to differences in screening and background checking across different countries. As technology continues to spread globally, outside of the more technologically advanced countries, employee mobility will become more straightforward, allowing business to access candidates with alternative skills and experience. 

The growth in the capabilities of artificial intelligence will streamline the recruitment and screening process further, with reduced man hours and hiring costs. AI can categorise and rate qualifications, skills and experiences, making first cut more efficient, while chat bots can carry out initial interviews. AI provides more opportunities to search a wider range of data more quickly, reducing the likelihood of missing data or human error.

The use of ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems) has become commonplace within recruitment and can now be integrated with background screening and further HR and workforce management systems. A candidate can now be tracked from application through to hire and beyond, allowing data analysis at every stage of employment, providing insights which will drive future hiring and employment decisions.

Innovations in technology will continue to drive the future of employment screening, making the process more efficient and convenient for both employers and candidates. Thorough screening is crucial for employers to ensure a successful hire, but inconvenience can create candidate losses during the process. Technology can improve communication, create and manage data, and facilitate a more engaging onboarding process for candidates.