EBI's Screening News Network Blog

It’s not terribly hard to look good on paper. A nice resume can often get you in the door. There are also plenty of people who can ace an interview in their sleep. Jonathan Segal, a partner with Duane Morris in Philadelphia once told me people are perfect only twice in their lives… the day they are born and the day the interview for a job. While many of us claim to be “a good judge of character”… would you be willing to bet your company’s health on your ability?

The Columbus Dispatch and CBS local affiliate WBNS-TV conducted an investigation into Ohio’s computerized background-check system, and the results were chilling for anyone who had relied on it to vet an employee over the last few years. The investigation discovered crippling problems that make the entire system completely unreliable. It’s only 15-years old, but the system repeatedly fails when it comes to providing accurate information about convicted felons.

The issue of Uber’s background checking policy has made more headlines this year than we can count. If you just skim the coverage you might get the impression that the ride-sharing giant is trying to get out of doing thorough checks, but in reality, their arguments are actually right in line with the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).