Pre-employment Background and Drug Testing


Did you know that you and your company can be held liable for the actions of a new employee, especially if you did not perform a background check during the pre-employment screening?


What is pre-employment screening?


It is the process of using psychometric testing, background checks, and drug testing to determine the background and identity of a potential new employee.  Background checking is a popular method of pre-employment screening.  Over 96% of HR professionals report that their companies do background checks of new hires, up from 66% in 1996, according to The Society for Human Resource Management Workplace Violence Survey.


Regardless of the size of your business, pre-employment screening is a necessary hiring practice to avoid lawsuits and other costly hiring mistakes.  Gone are the days of a simple reference check and a few phone calls to screen new employees.  Amid security concerns, corporate scandals, and workplace violence, pre-employment screening has been gaining ground.


One solution for businesses of all sizes in the undertaking of pre-employment screening is to employ the services of a background checking company.   This may (or should) require a request for proposal (RFP) process and a careful evaluation of each provider.  ITM will manage that process for you.  Like vendors who provide applicant tracking software (ATS), many companies have entered the market offering pre-employment screening tools at the "best rates."  Unfortunately, the selection process can be a difficult one.


ITM will work closely with your HR and HRIS teams to determine system (integration) restrictions.  Once a vendor is selected, ITM will negotiate the absolute best rates, create screening packages, develop written policies and procedures, and assist with state specific regulations, including all DOT requirements. 


Additionally, ITM will act as your Project Manager to ensure smooth implementation.  We will steer you through the legal requirements, as well as federal and State regulations of background screening.


When you are ready to roll it out, we'll be right there.  We will develop communication and training plans to ensure excellent execution and leave your administrative managers of the tool armed with everything they need to manage the process.