A new survey has found that 88 percent or organizations uncovered a misrepresentation on a resume and 84 percent reported that verifying new hires' previous employment history and education credentials uncovered issues that would not have been found otherwise.

The 2016 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmark Report  also found that employers are continuing the trend of hiring contingent, contract and temporary workers to fill their open positions, with 81 percent of respondents screening this “extended workforce” — almost double those that screened this segment five years ago (48%).

Additionally, 19 percent of respondents said they screened candidates with non-U.S. backgrounds, up from 15 percent in 2015. Of the 19 percent that do screen candidates with non-U.S. backgrounds, 70 percent have or plan to put a global screening policy in place. This is an indication of a highly mobile workforce, as more employers are screening candidates who have lived, worked or studied abroad.

Medical marijuana laws are also forcing employers to rethink their screening practices, with 23 states and the District of Columbia allowing for the use of medical marijuana, and four states allowing recreational use. Yet, only 5 percent of respondents reported having a policy for medical marijuana use. The number of those who do not accommodate nor have a plan to in the next year dropped from 53 percent in 2015 to 39 percent in 2016, signaling more employers may be considering this in the next year.

Top Screening Challenges and Investments

The survey revealed the majority of employers are finding it difficult to keep up with hiring needs, as 53 percent reported finding, retaining and developing talent was their top business challenge. To manage these talent challenges, businesses are planning to invest in:

Finding qualified job candidates (65%)
Keeping good employees/employee turnover (55%)
Making HR processes more efficient (43%)
Developing leaders within the organization (37%)
Improving the candidate experience (34%)
In an increasingly competitive talent market, employers must balance moving candidates through the recruitment process quickly and delivering a positive experience while still thoroughly vetting and screening candidates, which can take time. Respondents identified these among the top screening challenges:

Reducing time-to-hire (43%)
Verifying information (32%)
Improving overall screening efficiency (30%)
Getting quality information (24%)
Ensuring a positive candidate experience (20%)
Common Screening Practices and Benefits

While finding the best candidate in a large pool of applicants can be a daunting task, 52 percent of respondents cited better quality of hires as the leading benefit of screening, with more consistent safety and security at 49 percent and improved regulatory compliance at 40 percent. The most popular types of background checks include:

Criminal and other public record searches (89%)
Identity (SSN validation, etc.) (77%)
Previous employment (64%)
Driving records (55%)
Education (50%)

The full report can be found at www.hireright.com/benchmarking.