Background checks don’t tend make international news. They are the low-key diligent step in most well-managed recruitment processes, to provide employers comfort that the person they are hiring is everything they seem – and nothing more.
That’s why the background checking of Brett Kavanaugh, a nominee to the US Supreme Court, should be about the least controversial aspect of the affair that has dominated US politics these past weeks.
Context is everything of course, and this job-for-life is one of the more important positions of public office in the United States. Mr Kavanaugh had undergone six separate background checks during his career prior to the latest, which was recently completed by the FBI on behalf of the White House. Each of these will have been meticulous and thorough, right down to interviews with neighbours and acquaintances.
But you don’t have to be entrusted with national security clearance to pose a real risk to your employer. All members of staff are in a position of trust, and even the humblest of labourers or office workers will have privileged access to property – whether physical or intellectual. And this is not a theoretical risk – it’s a truism that the vast majority of security breaches are caused by employees or contractors.
Clearly, interviewing the ex-wives and sports coaches of factory work and desk clerks is overkill, and not economic. And that is where professional background checking comes in. It allows low hassle, cost-effective and fast checking for all recruits and employees, to ensure everyone is what they claim to be, from the CEO through to company mascot.
Such checks will cover everything required to give HR directors and governing boards peace of mind: from criminal record checks and right-to-work documentation through to education and qualification verifications, and employment records.
A properly systematised process, supported by local intelligence, is essential to keeping costs low without compromising on quality or effectiveness.
CRI Group is one of the few providers with a truly global reach and more than thirty years of experience in the sector. Our proven process mean that we have one of the fastest turnaround times in the industry – typically just 3-5 days. Meanwhile our more than 175 investigatory experts on the ground across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, ensure we can navigate local customs, processes and regulations, no matter where your employees are based.
About CRI Group
CRI Group is a world-leading corporate research and investigations organisation. Established in 1990, it has completed tens of thousands of employee background checks. In 2018 it was the first organisation, globally, to be an accredited certifier of the ISO 37001 anti-bribery management system standard.
For more information on how CRI Group can help you, visit https://www.crigroup.com/ or contact me direct, at email@example.com, Group Chief Executive Officer.