A company can prove that it maintains the due diligence required to avoid negligent hiring by having solid pre-employment screening practices in place. The first step in designing a solid pre-employment screening program includes a comprehensive review of your existing program by a consumer reporting agency (CRA), like Essential Screens. This assessment should identify risk, inefficiency and opportunities for improvement as well as the most effective products and services needed to mitigate your risk. Most pre-employment screening programs include a criminal background search conducted at the court for each place the candidate has lived for the last seven years. Employers should also verify work history at each job/company the applicant has worked for the last seven years. All degrees and licenses claimed by the applicant should also be verified. Follow these steps and any other internal rules put in place to ensure a negligent free hiring process.