Importance of Education Verification

  • By Brittany Guyton
  • 18 Aug, 2015
Hiring the right person for the job can be a difficult task when almost 53% of all resumes contain falsifications. It is critical to verify the information listed on an applicant’s resume. This will ensure that the applicant meets the basic requirements for the position. Verifying the education of an applicant is important because if the applicant lied about their education on their resume, they might lack the fundamental skills necessary to perform tasks associated with the position.

Education verification for employment purposes verifies the certification or educational claims of a job applicant. Education background checks confirm the applicant’s type of degree or certificate, graduation date, attendance dates, and any graduating honors. Education from GED, high school, college, university, technical school, or any other educational agency or institution can be verified.
Your business should always verify the education of job applicants because it helps protect employers from negligent hiring claims. Education is often the building block of a person’s success on the job and an education background search will confirm whether the applicant’s education claims are true.

Education verifications are a quick way for your company to determine if an applicant is the right choice for a position. With a majority of applicants willing to falsify information on their resume, it is a risky choice for your business to not confirm an applicant’s education.
Little information is needed from your applicant to run an education background check. Information that may be needed for an education search includes:
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • School Name
  • School City
  • School Region/State
CourtHouse Concepts is an experienced and professional pre-employment screening agency that can help your business confirm the education of any potential employee in a timely manner. CourtHouse Concepts offers a wide variety of pre-employment screening services that allows hiring managers to feel secure about the applicant’s they choose to hire. Visit or call 877-750-3660 today to find out more about how CourtHouse Concepts can help you with pre-employment screening and education verification services. 

The CHC Blog

By Mark Ridgeway 19 Jul, 2017
As a business owner or HR professional you've been there: you’re at the tail end of a particularly difficult hiring process and you’ve finally found the right candidate for the job. It’s easy to say, “Phew! Glad that’s over,” and move forward with finalizing the details.

But before you do, you should really consider ordering a background check on your candidate of choice. Integrating a background check policy can really benefit and protect your company. Here are 5 reasons you should always run a background check:

1. Stronger hires = Saving Money

Don’t just rely on your “gut feeling.” The more you know about the candidate, the better you will be able to assess if he/she is a fit for the position and for your company. Talent acquisition is a struggle in nearly every industry, so make sure that you’re not cheating yourself out of any of the available information before extending an offer.

It’s important to point out that better hires often means less turnover. We know that turnover is typically the number one cost to employers. Save yourself from investing in the wrong employee for the job.

Aside from turnover costs, as was stated in a previous blog post Who Is Stealing From You , we know that upwards of $50 billion annually in cash and inventory is stolen by employees. Does your job candidate have a history of taking extra "perks" from previous employers?

2. Safer Work Evironment
Running a background check on potential employees before officially hiring them can aide in reducing workplace violence. As an employer, you’ve made a commitment to your current employees to operate a safe work environment. Don’t skip this important step in ensuring that safety.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

3.  Better Compliance in State & Federal Regulatory Requirements
A third-party background screening provider with in-house compliance expertise, can help your company properly create a screening solution. This not only satisfies your industry standards, but also state and federal regulatory requirements, which vary from state-to-state and by type of position you are staffing. Utilizing a partner that is a true expert in this field is important for the success of your company.

4.  Decrease the risk of being sued
Making a bad hiring decision can leave you and your company vulnerable to liability. Ordering a background check can help you find patterns in a person’s history. For example, if a potential employee has had multiple discrimination suits against them, you as an employer may be liable should the employee discriminate within your workplace. Being able to sort out candidates with these issues will help decrease the chances of a lawsuit.

5. Verifying Resumes
Does your candidate have the experience they claim? Do they really have the education and the professional licenses that are listed on their resume? A survey from CareerBuilder  of more than 2,500 hiring managers found that 56% have caught job candidates lying on their resumes.

Background checks can help you weed out the people that do not have the skills for the job. It also can help you verify that the candidate’s resume is valid.  Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to these discrepancies.

Requesting a background check for a prospective employee is perfectly within your rights as an employer. These background check reports can hold vital information that is relevant to your hiring decision. You wouldn’t choose to not gather all of the relevant information when making a different business decision, so don’t skimp here either. Take the time to do your homework and you’ll see the results!

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