Employment screening

Experience vs qualifications – which is most important?

A university degree was once considered a requirement for many positions, but experience is beginning to be seen as a better indicator of a candidate’s competence for roles which do not require formal qualifications. A report carried out in 2018 by Ambition AXA Awards for young people appears to support this, with 61% of employers surveyed stating that experience is now considered more important than education.

UK business report confirms reduction in fraud – but now is not a time to relax

Annual reports from BDO’s Fraud Track states that fraudulent activity cost the UK almost £750 million in the last year. But while this is a reduction from previous years figures, this could simply be due to lack of reporting, with only an estimated 1 in 50 cases likely to be reported.

Top 10 questions asked by candidates about the screening process

Carrying out background checks on new employees is very common, with some checks being a legal requirement. Pre-employment screening helps employers protect their company, their employees and their customers.

These are the top 10 questions asked by candidates about the screening process.

HR technology and how integrations are essential

Competition within recruitment continues to grow, with workers demanding more from their jobs than ever before. Technology is now firmly infused into the fabric of our daily lives and the use of technology within the hiring process is not simply useful, it is expected.

Do you really know who’s screening your candidates?

Background screening is a complex process. Not only must you ensure that you are accessing the right information which will contribute to a good hire, but you also need to provide a good experience for the candidate, satisfy compliance and protect your brand image.

Trusting your screening supplier to make the right decisions for your business

Your company is valuable, and whether you are a huge multinational corporation or a small start-up, finding the right employee can mean the difference between future success and failure. Carrying out comprehensive background checks can ensure that your employees will be a positive, not destructive, addition to your team.

Taking a look under the bonnet of background screening

The background screening process varies according to the role the candidate is applying for and the service you require from your screening provider, but generally involves identity, residency verification and right to work checks, employment checks, academic qualifications, credit checks, criminality checks and social media checks.

Airside pass checks - aviation screening

The British Airport Authority has stringent security procedures in place in order to keep airports, travellers and staff safe. Airports have had to increase their security measures due to the increased threat of terrorism posed by not being able to identify every person moving through an airport.

How a previous bankruptcy can affect employment

Being declared bankrupt doesn’t necessarily mean that people can’t continue their career, but it might affect which industry or sector they can work in and the type of work they can do.

New year, new processes: why keeping your screening processes current is paramount

Carrying out comprehensive background screening is important to help avoid employing unsuitable candidates who won’t add value to your workforce. In addition, screening can aid in identifying criminal elements which might pose a risk to your business, your employees or customers. Pre-employment background checks are a critical part of the recruitment process and most companies now carry out screening as part of their standard employment procedures.

The dangers of hiring Christmas temps

With increased customer demands and regular staff taking more annual leave, the festive period can be a difficult time for employers. Requiring more staff, many businesses turn to hiring temporary workers to make up the shortfall.

Background checks at the highest level – what do they look for?

When hiring for high level positions, companies need to be sure that they are making the right decision. A bad hire can cost a company up to three or four times the hires annual salary, and when you are recruiting for a director or senior manager, this can pose a significant financial risk.

5 biggest screening questions from HR professionals

Pre-employment screening can be a daunting process, whether you are a new employer looking to hire a new round of employees or a large company wading through thousands of applications.