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  • August: Outward Referencing

    Provide fast-track referencing of employees for future roles and finance applications to reduce HR labour hours



    When hiring a Candidate, you will use our Screening Experts to accurately confirm the Candidate’s previous employment. At the end of the employee lifecycle, you can outsource referencing to us on your behalf, allowing your HR or recruitment function to operate more effectively.

    Other situations that may require Outward Referencing include employment references for an employee applying for credit cards, car finance, mortgage or residential tenancy. We will handle the outward referencing efficiently and effectively, allowing your HR and Payroll function to focus on your core operations.

    Key Business Benefits

    • Provide employment verification for after an employee has left your organisation
    • Create as a single point of contact for all employee referencing
    • Provide accurate, up-to-date information to third parties
    • Reduce HR and Payroll labour hours and costs

    How Outward Referencing Works

    When we conduct pre-employment screening on your behalf, we save all the Candidate information on our system for a set period. After this time, the information is securely destroyed. Moving forward in their career, employees may require references from your organisation to cover their employment with you, including start dates, salary and contracted working hours.

    As with our pre-employment screening process, we can liaise directly with the relevant third party to provide accurate, up-to-date information to confirm your employee’s former employment with your organisation. We set up dedicated email accounts and telephone contacts to enable an efficient referral for instances where outward referencing requests have been made to your HR or Payroll department.

    We can also establish an Outward Referencing portal on the Careers page of your website for employees to complete when requesting an outward reference. Our screening Experts provide fast -track delivery of information to any relevant third parties that is fully compliant with all data handling principles and legislation.


    A Business Case for Outward Referencing

    System integration for a Communications Client

    One of our largest clients, a global communications organisation, approached us in 2009 asking for a solution to a problem with their Payroll department taking a long time to produce employee references, occasionally erroneously.

    This in turn led to verbal and written complaints by employees as the incorrect or late references had prevented them from renting properties, agreeing finance arrangements for cars, or taking up new positions.

    Since we already conducted pre-employment checks for the client, we integrated our systems to update details for every employee including start dates, salaries and bonuses and developed a single point of contact for outward references.

    85% of outward references are now completed within 48 hours, with minimal input from the client, except occasionally to forward an email to our dedicated Outward Reference Team.



    If you are interested in finding out more about Outward Referencing, get in touch for a consultation with an industry-leading employment screening expert.

  • July: Executive Screening Package

    The most comprehensive and thorough solution on the employment screening market, suitable for senior level hires


    We are proud to offer the largest and most extensive pre-employment solution package available to employers. The Executive Screening Package offers every aspect of pre-employment screening as a single bespoke solution, suitable for Executive and Directorial positions or secure industries.

    The package ensures the highest level of responsibility when making your organisation’s most important appointments.

    Key Business Benefits

    • The most extensive preemployment screening package on the market
    • 100% compliance with all relevant UK and international employment and data handling legislation
    • Ideal screening solution for Executive and Directorial appointments
    • Maximum risk mitigation and corporate responsibility

    How Executive Screening works

    Your Executive Candidate will provide you with all the necessary documentation required for us to perform this check without completing an online form. We will liaise directly with your HR or Resourcing department in order to obtain this information.

    Our expert Client Liaison Officers will verify the Candidate’s Identity & Right to Work documents, perform an enhanced Financial Probity Check and obtain a Criminal Disclosure Certificate outlining any unspent criminal convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974.

    Our industry-leading Screening Executives will then verify the Candidate’s Employment history over a ten-year period, their highest academic or professional qualifications & memberships and we will conduct International Directorship checks and a Media Search. We carry this out using maximum sensitivity and diplomacy.

    Finally, the Candidate will be referenced against international sanctions lists, the Financial Standards Authority and, for Candidates coming into your business from outside the UK, International Criminality databases.

    The results from the checks will be compiled into an Executive Due Diligence report and we can be available to give real-time support in the appointment decision.


    A Business Case for Executive Screening

    Headhunting for Human Resources

    Before taking an Executive or Directorial position within a new organisation, it is imperative that the individual is thoroughly vetted against the highest possible standards.

    A national Legal Services provider headhunted a Director of Human Resources position via an executive recruitment website in 2010. However, despite one candidate passing a Directorship check, further investigation into the performance of the company demonstrated that despite truthfully claiming to be a ‘national HR advisory consultant’, the company only had three small clients and the Candidate did not have the experience necessary for the role.

    Our Client is now satisfied with their appointment, and the Director of Human Resources was later developed into a Director of Operations role.



    If you are interested in finding out more about the Security Watchdog Executive Screening Package, contact us for a consultation with an industry-leading employment screening expert.

  • June: CV Checks

    Evaluate the stability and integrity of individuals and businesses you engage with and reduce financial & operational risk



    A Curriculum Vitae (CV) Check compares the information provided by the Candidate on their CV with information they provide on their screening verification form and our pre-employment screening check results.

    Comparing the data sets quickly identifies those Candidates who knowingly provide you with false, exaggerated or fraudulent information during the application process to obtain the vital job offer.

    Key Business Benefits

    • Utilise multiple purpose-built online tools to search international media coverage
    • Identify any publicised adverse events in your Candidate’s history prior to joining your organisation
    • Identify any slanderous comments a Candidate may have made about your organisation or industry publically
    • Safeguard your business against antagonists and undercover investigators, reporters and journalists
    • Protect your organisation’s reputation and brand

    How CV Checks work

    When a Candidate applies for a position within your organisation, you are likely to receive their CV as part of the application process. Our expert team of Screening Executives will obtain a copy of the Candidate’s CV from you and will compare its contents with both independent third-party sources and the Candidate’s online form. The contents of both the CV and declaration form are compared directly with independent sources, including educational establishments, places of employment and any membership or governing bodies.

    We will look for any anomalies between the three sources of information and report these directly to you. This will assist in making better hiring decisions based on the truthfulness of the information provided by the Candidate’s CV.


    A Business Case for CV Checks

    Can you trust your Candidates?

    Research from a leading UK Employment Advertising Organisation from 2011 suggests that over half of Candidates have misrepresentations on their CVs, with many Candidates when questioned stating competition for employment as the justification for providing false or exaggerated claims.

    This covers all areas of misleading information from exaggerated salaries, roles & responsibilities to declaring false reasons for leaving a previous position and stating fraudulent degree grades or incorrect subject areas.

    94% of Clients who utilise our CV checking service have received Candidate applications which contain either false or misleading information. We ensure all our Clients are alerted to every instance of fraudulent CV information to assist them in hiring decent, honest Candidates and create a trustworthy workforce.


    If you are interested in finding out more about the Security Watchdog CV Check, get in touch for a consultation with an industry-leading employment screening expert.

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  1. The Advisory Bureau's September 2014 Debrief is out now Dan Murphy 01-Sep-2014
  2. Watchdog Employment Screening Magazine - August 2014 out now Dan Murphy 27-Aug-2014

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