A quality and comprehensive employee screening processes has increasingly become an integral cog in both filling job openings and establishing the trusted, and effective human capital needed to run a successful business and/organization. While it’s common knowledge that companies use criminal and credit history during the screening process, driving records are often overlooked and underutilized. Some employers may not fully understand the potential benefits of including driving records in the hiring process, but in reality, these records can yield a myriad of information that can signal problems down the road and should be taken into account by employers.
Temperament and Behavior
Driving records can provide a window into an applicant’s temperament and character — sometimes even more so than a traditional sit down interview. Infractions or chronic traffic issues can mean behavioral trends and provide a candid look into the life of a potential employee. Does a record implicate road rage or is there a regular occurrence of accidents? Aggressive traits can translate into aggressive driving. A potential hire who is a calm, careful and responsible driver is not going to have a long list of traffic violations and/or accidents. Driving records that include a laundry list of infractions are riddled with red flags. Think of it this way. If an applicant can’t be trust with your vehicle, why would you trust them with your business?
But Isn’t Drug and Criminal Record Screening Enough?
While there is a plethora of information that can be gained from driving records, one of the main reasons hiring managers use them is to determine if an applicant is reliable and safe on the road — not to mention shedding light on responsibility and dependability levels. For jobs that entail travel or transit via company vehicles, employers are rightfully interested in assessing the potential risk factor behind the wheel. Needles to say if an applicant has a questionable driving record, it could bring high insurance rates. Not only can insurance rates rise, but employers have to worry about liability. The last issue any company needs is an employee being responsible for injury another individual.
Another important factor that driving records show goes a long way into determining general responsibility and professionalism. If a potential hire’s history shows a repeated failure to appear in court, what makes you think they’ll show up to work or perform with the level of responsibility you expect out of a paid employee? If an applicant hasn’t taken a summons into court seriously, it raises a substantial red flag. If an individual is willing to blow off a judge, it’s time to questions where work falls in their hierarchy of priorities?
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