Hiring new employees is an essential part of operating, and growing, a successful business. It also presents an inherent risk to any organisation. According to popular employment site CareerBuilder.com, “58% of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume; one-third (33% of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.” Background screening
Here’s another statistic: according to a survey conducted by CRI®, more than 75% of organisations conduct some sort of background checks. That’s good news. But it also means that nearly a quarter of companies don’t do any pre-employment screening, which is concerning. Screening employees means having a safer, more secure work environment. Here are 10 important things every organisation should know about the hiring process, and the need to conduct thorough pre-employment background screening.
1. Some job candidates will actually fabricate a new identity.
This is especially true if they have something to hide, such as a criminal background. Proper screening can verify names, addresses, phone numbers, national ID numbers and other identifying information to confirm that they are who they claim to be.
2. Credit and financial history should be reviewed.
Fraud statistics have shown financial distress to be a key red flag for fraudulent behaviour. Has the candidate claimed bankruptcy? Have they dissolved prior companies or are they faced with debtor filings? An individual’s financial history should be checked to the degree that is permissible by local laws.
3. Previous employment needs to be confirmed.
Background checks will verify past employers, locations of past employment, dates employed, salary levels, reasons for leaving, position titles, gaps in employment history and pertinent contact information.
4. Stretching employment dates is a major problem.
Speaking of previous employment, CRI® Group’s survey found that the top form of résumé fraud is stretching employment dates. This can cover gaps in employment, or make it seem they have more experience in certain positions than they actually do.
5. Some candidates present fake education credentials.
Verification is needed to confirm school grades, degrees and professional qualifications. Claiming a degree that was never earned is one of the most common fabrications. Certifications, assessments, awards – all of these can be fabricated or fraudulently claimed by a candidate in an effort to make themselves look more qualified for a position than they actually are.
6. International criminal records searches are critically important.
Criminal background checks should include any convictions for the applicant in the requested jurisdictions. Hiding a criminal background is one of the most serious omissions. Depending on their history, your business and employees could be at risk from a bad actor who intentionally hides their criminal past.
7. Checking (and verifying) references is important.
A job seeker might provide an employment reference that gives a shining recommendation – but the contact turns out to be their close friend. This type of deception can hide the true nature and work record of the candidate.
8. Formalise your background screening policy.
What is your company’s current, written policy for hiring new employees? How does it address background checks, due diligence, and other issues? Is the process followed in every case? Having the process detailed in writing will help make it a regular part of your business practice.
9. Make sure someone owns the background screening process.
Ultimately, who has the responsibility of vetting new hires? Is it ownership? Human resources? Individual managers? It might be a collaborative process. All of those who are involved in hiring should also be involved in the implementation of a due diligence solution that includes background checks.
10. Don’t skip post-employment background screening.
Proper due diligence doesn’t just apply to prospective new hires. It should also be used to periodically evaluate your current workforce. Examine the various roles and personnel at your organisation, and consider a policy that addresses risk areas with background checks. For example, CRI Group’s survey found that nearly half of business leaders see financial services, investments and banking positions as “high risk.”
It’s important to have a formal, written policy for background screening. It’s also important to know that comprehensive background checks are best performed by industry experts who understand where to find and confirm employee information. This ranges from criminal, education and employment history records checks to verification of credentials, training and certifications. CRI® Group’s professional background screening services engage international resources in geographic regions not serviced or accessible by typical “out-of-the-box” screening services.
EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND CHECKS
EmploySmart™ is a CRI® employee background checks service. It is a robust new pre-employment background screening service certified for BS7858, to avoid negligent hiring liabilities. Ensure a safe work environment for all – EmploySmart™ can be tailored into specific screening packages to meet the requirements of each specific position within your company. We are a leading worldwide provider, specialised in local and international employee background checks, including pre-employment and post-employment background checks.
CRI® Employee Background Checks are essentially an investigation into a person’s character – inside and outside their professional lives. Some checks you probably already carry out in-house, such as candidate’s qualifications (documents provided), work history (with a reference check), right to work in the country and even a quick social media presence scan. However, we provide a full in-depth background screening service for candidates and employees at all levels – from senior executives through to shop-floor employees:
CRI® is duly certified by British Standard Institute BSI for the scope of BS 7858:2019 Screening of individuals working in a secure environment, Code of practice (the only BS 7858 certified background screening services provider in the UAE and across the Middle East); and BS 102000:2018 Code of practice for the provision of investigative services.
Ensure a safe work environment for all in this difficult time – EmploySmart™ can be tailored into specific screening packages to meet the requirements of each specific position within your company.
ABOUT CRI® GROUP
Since 1990, Corporate Research and Investigations Limited (CRI® Group) has been safeguarding businesses from fraud, bribery and corruption. Globally, we are a leading Compliance and Risk Management company licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Center (QFC). CRI® protects businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with your business. Based in London, United Kingdom, CRI® is a global company with experts and resources located in key regional marketplaces across the Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, North and South America. Our global team can support your organisation anywhere in the world.
In 2016, the company launched the Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body that helps organisations mitigate internal and external risks by providing a complete suite of Anti-Bribery, Compliance and Risk Management programs.
OUR MISSION AND VISION
- CRI® mission is to safeguard the corporate world by detecting and exposing those elements that can cause irreparable harm to a business
- Stand up against the outside forces that, through corruption, collusion, coercion and fraud, can cause financial, organisational, reputational and legal harm to our global clients
- Stand out as the preeminent provider of specialised investigative services that enable our clients to exhibit the highest standards of business integrity, ethics and behaviour