The sole responsibility of hiring managers is to find the right applicant for the right position, and make a well-informed hiring decision. In some cases, companies have lost out on valuable, high-level applicants because the background check conducted on them took too long to complete. This has prompted HR professionals to make hiring decision based on pending or partial background checks. This is the wrong course of action and frankly, reckless on the organization’s part in numerous ways.

First, information may be reported in the background check that would disqualify the new employee from working with the company. Second, if an organization decided not to hire someone based on the pending report, the applicant may have a case of discrimination since the entire background check wasn’t completed.

Companies need to ensure a report is completed before making any type of employment decision.