New Research Links Employment Screening to Recruiting Performance

Automation and Integration Lead to Improved Cost, Shorter Time to Fill

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2010) -   Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS) has just published a new study looking at how background screening, when done efficiently, can be a game-changer among companies looking to streamline and improve their hiring process. The new report, Employment Screening: Mitigating Risk, Driving Down Cost, found that organizations leveraging automation tools for background checking, employment or education verification, and reference checking experienced 60% better quality of hire compared to those without screening solutions in place.

The report also shows the results of linking employment screening systems and data with applicant tracking systems (ATS). Companies that had ensured full integration of these two processes experienced 3% annual improvement in time to fill and 5% average reduction in cost per hire, while organizations without experience had no change. According to senior research analyst Mollie Lombardi, "While there may be an abundance of candidates in the marketplace, skills are in short supply. The more effectively a company can filter out candidates coming into their pipeline, the better positioned they will be to hire the right person more quickly. And when linked to applicant tracking capabilities, it can make the process that much simpler and more streamlined."

Aberdeen's report provides more detail into how organizations are driving better hiring decisions through employment screening. A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: HireRight and Talent Wise. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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