The hiring process can be an exciting time for both the candidate and the employer, especially if is due to a growing business. However, it presents a degree of risk, as well. Organisations that bring new employees into their fold and entrust them with their business, processes and assets are playing with fire if they do conduct proper due diligence first. Employee Screening

One of CRI Group’s clients was recently hiring for a critical management level position. After finding what appeared to be an exemplary candidate, the client engaged CRI Group’s EmploySmart services, which provide thorough pre-employment background screening. CRI Group’s agents began right away in working to confirm the applicant’s credentials.

The candidate claimed to be a holder of a university degree. But when CRI Group conducted its local education verification process, the university named by the candidate reported that the applicant’s degree was ‘fake and forged’. That wasn’t all that ended up being fake.

The applicant also provided a reference letter, apparently signed by the university’s Deputy Controller of Examination (Dy COE) — apparently confirming his education record and asking to re-check his record with the university. However, further investigations showed that the reference letter was also fake, and the signatory was not, nor had ever been, the Dy COE of the university. Another fake and forged degree was revealed when CRI Group investigated the applicant’s BBA — as there was no conferment of the said degree.

In short, there was nothing legitimate about the candidate’s educational background, nor, as such, his candidacy. The client declined to offer him the position, and dodged a very real bullet by not hiring someone who was unqualified and untrustworthy.

At CRI Group, our EmploySmart pre-employment background screening process analyses a job candidate’s claims and credentials, and digs beyond the surface to make sure the facts match up. Our experts conduct extensive checks that examine all of the following details of a potential employee:

  • Verification of address
  • Verify name and date-of-birth
  • National ID number
  • Credit checks
  • Previous employment verification
  • Credentials verification
  • Bankruptcy checks
  • Civil litigation checks
  • Criminal history
  • Record checks
  • Professional qualifications and memberships
  • Criminal background checks
  • … and more.

Don’t take unnecessary risks with your business, assets, investments and reputation. Whenever you are hiring new employees, use  EmploySmart pre- and post-employment background screening. Our investigative due diligence is second to none in the industry, and we will uncover those facts that potential new hires might not want you to know. Learn more about EmploySmart today or get a FREE QUOTE now!

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 Management, Employee Background Screening, Business IntelligenceDue Diligence, Compliance 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, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.

In 2016, CRI Group launched Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body established for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, ISO 19600:2014 Compliance Management Systems and ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management, providing training and certification. ABAC® operates through its global network of certified ethics and compliance professionals, qualified auditors and other certified professionals. As a result, CRI Group’s global team of certified fraud examiners work as a discreet white-labelled supplier to some of the world’s largest organisations. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.

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