Virtrue: The Start-up Company That Makes Sure You Know Your New Hire

We all know people lie on resumes. In fact, estimates show a full 34 percent of all job applications contain false information. Some employers check references, require proof of education, and even run criminal background checks before offering a job to a candidate.

But as one San Francisco-based start-up puts it, reference and background checks can only go so far. A spokesperson for Virtrue points out that determining a person’s trustworthiness is a flawed process that only works if a former employer is willing to be fully open. Criminal background checks are time-consuming and costly, taking employers away from their daily duties. There has to be a way to validate an applicant’s history that is both convenient and reliable.

Virtrue aims to provide that solution. The company’s Enterprise edition provides comprehensive background checks and work history verification. Virtrue specializes in verifying the integrity of information in the internet age, pointing out that most job candidates these days come to employers through online job posting sites. Virtrue uses its resources to make sure the applicant’s credentials are correct, providing information to the employer in only minutes.

As Adam Spector, founder and CEO of Virtrue points out, one bad hire can sink an entire company. Each hire matters, Spector states, and it’s important to avoid employees who can compromise the trust you’ve built with your clients and customers. Often, however, the impact of poor hiring decisions can have more subtle ramifications, such as:

  • Hiring takes time. Each opening attracts an average of 150 resumes. Just reviewing those resumes would take an average of 9.5 hours. That’s time a business owner could put toward bringing in new business.
  • References are often irrelevant. Candidates may provide pages of references, but unless those references personally worked with the candidate, they won’t be able to give that crucial information an employer needs to make a fully-informed decision. Verification of employment dates are only part of the information an employer needs before committing to adding an employee to his or her staff.
  • Attitude is everything. Many employers look primarily for employees with skill, but Virtrue recommends looking at the personality of the interviewee. Skills can be learned, Virtrue has found, but a positive, enthusiastic attitude is irreplaceable.

According to the American Society of Employers, in 2008, the average employee theft was $2,672–and, surprisingly, more than half of that theft was conducted by employees at management or executive level. Even if an employee has a history of stealing from employers, unless a previous employer files charges or the employer mentions it during a call for a reference, you’ll never know. Virtrue can help catch those employees before it’s too late.

Virtrue is currently offering a free 30-day trial that requires no software downloads or installation. To sign up for your free trial and learn more about how Virtrue can help with your next job opening, visit the Virtrue for Enterprise trial page at

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

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