CXR Research: Preboarding New Hires

Obtaining new talent to join an organization is not an easy task. Recruiters and sourcers can spend weeks, if not months, tirelessly working to fill a position. When an offer is finally extended, there is no guarantee that the employee will actually start. Though the dropout rate is low, every organization must do its due diligence to ensure that the right employee is officially onboarded.

The last steps for a new hire are preboarding. Preboarding is a process of verifying important background information on a particular new employee. Reference checks, background checks, drug testing, and I-9 verification are some of the tasks involved in preboarding a new employee. Though each organization is different, we had to wonder… is there some consistency in preboarding a new employee?

What was most surprising in the data was the overall use of automation throughout the preboarding process. For example, most CXR members don’t require references to be checked before a new employee starts, however, the companies that do check references automate that process. Drug testing, background checks, and security prep also all rely on automation to jump start those processes. 

This member-requested benchmark survey looked at several different preboarding activities and the report is available to all CXR members in our Research Library


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Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology, ERE and others in the USA as well as UNLEASH, iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.

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