June 12, 2010
Employment and Staffing
Dr. Sherri Beasley
Background checks are a useful tool for employers to determine the fit of a candidate to the organization. They pull up any issues or discrepancies that may not have been provided by the candidate during the interview. It is very important that during the interview, the candidate is advised that there will be a background and reference check conducted so that they cannot say they did not know. After the background check has come back, the interviewer needs to decide whether or not to hire the candidate.
How do the results of the background check influence your decision to hire the applicant? Do you still hire the applicant, despite the …show more content…
This test is very useful to see how much knowledge Ms. Cook has, as well as if she knows how to handle the work equipment she will sometimes be required to use. It goes without saying that a drug test will be required to make sure that the applicant is not under the influence of drugs on the job. Computer-based testing can be used to determine Ms. Cook’s aptitude, which would involve taking a CAT, where “the computer adapts itself according to the test taker’s ability by selecting the next question based on the performance of the previous question” (Arthur, 2006). This type of test is very personalized as it exposes test takers to specific questions that are appropriate to their ability level. All of these test together will help me to decide whether or not I want to make Ms. Cook a part of the Home Depot team. In conclusion, the background check that was received for Ms. Cook does not deter my decision to hire her. She will be a great asset to the organization as she has the knowledge and skills to manage a team effectively. Though she has been convicted of possession of illicit drugs, as long as it does not affect her job performance there is no reason not to hire her. She deserves a second chance like everyone else, and she will have that chance at Home Depot as the new night shift supervisor.