When you use individualized assessment, you consider each candidate's circumstances and the context around their violations. With the additional information you get from individualized assessment, you can make fairer, more job-related hiring decisions.
Individualized assessment is a best practice that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recommends, and in some places, requires. Individualized assessment can include the factors below:
- Candidate rehabilitation efforts
- Case disposition
- Job-relevance of the offense
- Offense type and severity
- Time since the offense
Play the Checkr Academy video below to learn how to conduct an individualized assessment.
Individualized assessment and adverse action
If after individualized assessment you still decide not to move forward with the candidate, you can document your assessment during the adverse action process.
During the adverse action process, the Checkr Dashboard prompts you to provide your individualized assessment of the candidate in the "Initial Assessment" field.
"Show your work" laws and ordinances
Certain locations, including the ones below, have "show your work" laws or ordinances:
- City of Los Angeles, CA
- City of New York, NY
- The state of Illinois
These laws require that employers put their individualized assessment in writing that the candidate receives upon adverse action. If the candidate works in a location that requires showing your work, Checkr prompts you to complete the worksheet provided by the appropriate municipal or state agency. To enable individualized assessment for all candidates, contact Checkr.
Candidates’ right to dispute and your review
After the candidate receives the pre-adverse action email, they have time to provide additional information directly to you so that you can individually assess the candidate again.
You can set the time between seven and 30 days. If you need more time to assess the information, you can pause the adverse action process.
You can also cancel the adverse action process.
Candidates can dispute the report at any time. If they dispute the report during the adverse action process, it automatically cancels the post-adverse action email.