How do you know the candidate you just offered a role to is ideal? Are you 100% sure you know that everything they’re telling you is the truth? 90%? They showed you a diploma; how do you know it’s not photoshopped? Did you follow the correct laws during your background check process? Background checks and necessary screenings are vital to avoid horror stories and taboo tales within HR, your business or even your brand – simply investing in proper employee screening can save you time, money and heartbreak. A complete employee screening process will result in fewer applications with serious discrepancies – it increases the quality of new hires due to an improved applicant pool and selection process. EmploySmart™ provides full in-depth background screening services for employees and candidates at all levels, from senior executives to shop-floor employees.

How Well Do You Know The People You Invest In?

CRI® Group has developed EmploySmart™, a robust new pre-employment background screening service 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 employment background screening, including pre-employment and post-employment background checks.

Pre-employment checks/background checks/screening benefits:

  • Reduce turnover & training costs
  • Gain a competitive edge through the hiring of better people
  • Increase productivity – help your employees be more productive, knowing that everyone employed by your company has been screened.
  • Set your company apart & win more business
  • Reduce employee-related problems
  • Protect company reputation/brand & customer relations
  • Comply with mandates created by state or federal law for certain industries
  • Increase retention
  • Reduce negligent hiring claims
  • Avoid violence in the workplace (threats of violence & actual violence)
  • Reduce theft & espionage
  • Avoid lawsuits & the costs associated with the defence.
  • Avoid loss of goodwill.

Pre-employment checks/background checks, what are they?

These 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:

  • Address Verification (Physical Verification)
  • Identity Verification
  • Previous Employment Verification
  • Education & Credential Verification
  • Local Language Media Check
  • Credit Verification & Financial History (where publicly available)
  • Compliance & Regulatory Check
  • Civil Litigation Record Check
  • Bankruptcy Record Check
  • International Criminal Record Check
  • Integrity Due diligence… and more.

When should I conduct pre-employment checks?

Our pre-employment screening services will help you avoid adding potential fraudsters and other bad actors to your staff. These checks can be implemented before or after a job offer (with each having its pros and cons).

How to collect references, and what to ask?

Because it is impossible to know how your candidate will work daily from just one interview, you will need references. References are a great way to find out whether your candidates are suitable for the role or will fit with your company culture. A primary reference check asks for:

  • Employment dates
  • Employment main responsibilities
  • Attendance record
  • Any disciplinary actions against them
  • Any reasons why they shouldn’t be employed

These references will help you back up their CV – however, many candidates tend to exaggerate or misrepresent themselves. Our EmploySmart™ team goes beyond to get a fuller picture for you:

  • Greatest strengths?
  • Are they suitable for the role they’ve applied for?
  • Would they rehire the candidate?
  • Suitable management style?
  • Do they have any leadership skills?
  • Situations in which they have excelled at?

Some companies have policies of not giving references and just providing necessary employment details, while others direct you towards HR, but the EmploySmart™ team is persistent.

What specific legal requirement should I ask?

You will need to check if they have the right to work in the region you are recruiting for. You are subject to statutory penalties if you employ foreign nationals who don’t have the correct visas. You will need to request criminal records checks depending on the role you are recruiting. Such roles with children or vulnerable people are highly regulated – and all of these differ from country to country.

CRI Group™ carries the burden of knowing the laws, so we can assist you with staying compliant and helping you to make the best decisions for your company’s needs. We have established an interdisciplinary team of experts in employment law, best practices and data protection. We can manage your employment background screenings across borders for you! Country by country, we have documented the different approaches to employment screening, ensuring we operate in harmony with local culture and within the limitations of local legislation.

With extensive local language capabilities, flexible working patterns and time zone intelligent workflow, we provide a comprehensive and fully compliant global screening service.

At CRI Group™, we specialise in employment screening, working as trusted partners to HR and recruiting managers of corporations and institutions worldwide. Our people work with energy, insight and care to ensure we provide a positive experience to everyone involved – clients, reference providers and candidates.

CRI Group™’s unique identity and vision evolved from our fundamental desire to support our clients and candidates. We have a passion for Screening and a simple belief in setting new standards. These qualities fuel our commitment to excellence and drive our culture.

Our EmploySmart™ background screening services expose vulnerabilities and threats within your organisation and can significantly reduce business and financial crime, fraud and malpractice within your workplace. Our experienced EmploySmart™ Team can safeguard your data security and your business integrity while you can focus on human conversations and interactions. Together, your organisation can deliver outstanding screening experiences.

We provide a host of professional services to HR managers representing significant corporations worldwide. Employees should be screened regularly to reveal any new information relevant to the business. That’s why our background investigations services also include:

  • Employee monitoring and risk management
  • Data protection compliance
  • Employee testing and confidentiality
  • Employee risk management
  • Post-employment background checks

CRI Group™ is trusted by the world’s largest corporations and consultancies – outsource your employee due diligence to an experienced provider, and you will only ever have to look forward, never back.

BS 7858:2019 Screening: extra security level for your business and employees

CRI Group™ is trusted by the world’s largest corporations and consultancies – outsource your employee due diligence to an experienced provider, and you will only ever have to look forward, never back.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about background checks/screening cost, guidelines, check references etc. This eBook of compiled list of background screening related questions taken as a whole is the perfect primer for any HR professional, business leader and company looking to avoid employee background screening risks. It provides the tools and knowledge needed to make the right decisions.


Working with CRI Group™, you get:

  • Extensive global coverage, with expertise in domestic and international Screening; one of the largest, most experienced and best-trained integrity due diligence teams in the world
  • Our team of more than 50 full-time analysts is spread across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North and South America and is fully equipped with the local knowledge to serve your needs globally.
  • The ability to manage multiple background checks online
  • Quick turnaround times
  • Our solutions are easily customisable and flexible, and we will tailor our scope to address your concerns and risk areas, saving you time and money.
  • High-quality searches, backed by numerous checks and quality controls
  • We have a flat structure which means that you will have direct access to senior staff members throughout the due diligence process.
  • Our multi-lingual teams have conducted assignments on thousands of subjects in over 80 countries, and we’re committed to maintaining and constantly evolving our global network.
  • Our extensive solutions include due diligence, employee pre and post background screening, business intelligence and compliance, and facilitating any decision-making across your business, no matter what area or department.


Who is CRI Group™?

Based in London, CRI Group™ works with companies across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific as a one-stop international Risk ManagementEmployee Background ScreeningBusiness IntelligenceDue DiligenceCompliance Solutions and other professional Investigative Research solutions provider.

We have the largest proprietary network of background screening analysts and investigators across the Middle East and Asia. Our global presence ensures that no matter how international your operations are, we have the network needed to provide you with all you need, wherever you happen to be. CRI® Group also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, and is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.