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Value of Pre-Employment Screening

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Value of Pre-Employment Screening

From an article by: Jon Randolf

Pre-employment background checks have several advantages to the employer.  First of all, such checks have proved to have the capability of increasing  productivity in employees while creating a safe environment in the company. The  checks ensure a company ends up hiring employees that are qualified, experienced  and have the right set of skills. This in turn leads to the effective adaptation  into a company by a new employee. 

Furthermore, an employer is assuring that  their investment in hiring, training, and managing an employee is protected by  having the ability to predict behaviours or issues that may arise. Employee background checks normally involve many methods in order to  ascertain the employability of an individual. 

Some of the many types of checks  include employment history, references, education verification,  sex offenders' list and driving records. Other areas that a company checks  include looking at the litigation record, financial  information and even checking military records if the need arises. 

These are  just some of the ways that a company can use to make sure they have an employee  who will not cause problems in the future. Some companies even have departments  that specialise in handling such checks and finding out information about a  prospective employee.  

On the other hand, some organisations prefer to  outsource this kind of work. The disadvantage of outsourcing pre-employment  screening checks to a service provider in this field is the risk of getting a shallow check done. Some of the service providers will do a simple check that  will not get all necessary information that can be used to vet an applicant. 

A company should also take into consideration the fact that employees who are  being screened have their own rights. With this in mind, a company should make  sure they do not violate any of the rights as they can lead to law suits being  filed by prospective employees. The involved person is the only one who can  authorise checks on information that includes financial information, criminal  records and medical records. 

Even when the applicant gives permission for such  checks to be done, the company doing them will have to make sure all the  information gathered is kept confidential. With all this information, a company  cannot disregard the importance of doing  pre-employment background checks. All the  employer has to do is to make sure they do these checks according to the  regulations laid down by the law. 


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Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons

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