About Employment Background Screening

Employment screening is the process of checking for any mismatch between reality and the information included in the curriculum vitae of a current or potential employee. Employment screenings are often requested by employers on job candidates, especially on candidates seeking a position that requires high security or a position of trust, such as in a school, hospital, financial institution, airport or government. Results of background screening typically include past employment verification, credit history, and criminal history.

Risks for your business

The dangers posed to an organization by fraudulent applications for employment are not defined by minor discrepancies in qualification history or CVs and forms where the applicant has slightly exaggerated their skills and experience. There are cases where the falsehood not being discovered might have profoundly damaging consequences, like for example employing an individual previously dismissed for theft in a position with access to customer funds. Therefore, the risks that can arise for your business are:

  • Reputation risks
  • Internal fraud – in UK, 43%  increase in staff frauds recorded in 2012 when compared with 2011
  • Inappropriate behavior that can influence  customer services, turnover and fit to legislation