Background Screening – Would you rather hire a convict or a war veteran?

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Background Screening – Would you rather hire a convict or a war veteran?

That is a question that was posed to us recently and raised some interesting issues. Both types of individuals have some “history” that may or may not affect their overall performance and probability of success.

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On the positive side the veteran has provided a major service to the country but they may bring some “baggage” list Post Traumatic Stress into the workplace that could impact others. In the case of the convict, the positive side is they would be less likely to leave to go to another job because of their history. Hypothetically, here is an individual who has served jail time for a small crime that doesn’t affect your organization. The person has served his time and is now looking for a job. Legally, he is a free man and has no criminal charge against him; it is all in the past.

In conversations with our over 100 of our clients we found that over 85% of our clients would hire a “qualified” veteran without any hesitation. In the case of the former convict fewer than 10% would even grant those individuals an interview.

What are your thoughts on this?

Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.