The Squeeze

Candidates will delay paperwork because they are concerned we will figure out their deception.  The deception is likely false identity, criminal records, or a degree not truly received.  This is very similar to when a candidate delays taking the drug test knowing there is illegal substance in their system.  The candidate initially tries to be noticed with false information in the application process and may submit a less than honest resume.  The deception meets a brick wall when the candidate is asked to fill out and sign the background check release form.

Then we get the “SQUEEZE”.  The squeeze is when the candidate seriously delays the paperwork  but finally complies a few days before the start date.  The candidate places a SQUEEZE on the prospective employer and background check company to hurry up and finish the background so they can start on-time.  Since background check requirements vary and many take several business days to complete depending on court turnaround and past employer cooperation, the candidate is shifting focus onto the background company’s inability to complete in time for the start date.  We rush the report and then find out about the deception.  Our clients are in a poor position since they may have promised a particular resource on a project to start the next day.  The other fall-out is pre-adverse action; Our clients and our company is left with little time to resolve potential disputes with the information, but the candidate is provided consumer rights to dispute further delaying an inevitable disqualification.  Don’t fall into this candidate trap!  When you ask a candidate to fill out a release form, give he or she a deadline to submit it.  The same is true of the drug test and there should be no difference in your policy for non-compliance from candidates.


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  3. […] the job candidate is trying to change the conditions of our investigation.  I wrote about the Candidate Squeeze in a previous blog article.  The squeeze is the delay caused by deceptive candidates in order to […]

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  5. […] 2.  Paperwork Delay.  After all the questions are asked the job candidate may continue to delay in returning the paperwork.  If you are not sure  you want to perform background checks on your candidates, you should still have the candidates fill and sign the background check (and drug test) release forms.  Job candidates concerned about falsely provided information [on the resumé] or an undisclosed criminal background usually will delay or never turn in the paperwork.  If the background check release is the only hurdle left, candidates with nothing to worry about will fill it out quickly in order to start the job sooner.  See the blog article “The Squeeze” for more information on this topic. […]

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