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.

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.

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.

How being convicted of fraud can make getting a job harder

A fraud conviction can result from any kind of false representation, abuse of position or causing loss to someone else, in order to make a gain for either yourself or someone else. Fraud can range from lying on your CV through to embezzlement and everything in between, and it can affect your future job prospects.

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 key principles of a robust recruitment strategy

Having an effective recruitment strategy goes further than simply advertising in the right places. Ensuring that any candidates you shortlist are not only capable of carrying out the role you are hiring for but are also going to be profitable for the time they will be working for you is key.

GDPR What happens now?

The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25th May 2018 and it caused a media frenzy, as well as increased anxiety for companies across all industries and sectors. Hardly surprising, considering that companies can expect to pay a maximum fine of €20 million or 4% of their global turnover should they be found to be non-compliant.

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.

What causes candidates to lie on their CVs?

Lying on CV’s and in job interviews to secure a position is fraud. But a recent survey from independent job board CV Library has found that 92.5% of the British workforce have lied on their CV, with 71.6% of those admitting that they were hired because of the lie. CV Library’s survey of 1,000 UK workers researched the willingness of professionals to lie to a potential employer to secure a job, and found that many people were happy to take the 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.

What’s the risk with temporary workers?

Hiring temporary workers can be a quick and easy solution to a staffing problem. With more and more people choosing to work as contractors, companies are making use of the many specialist skills available in the market. But with organisations becoming increasingly reliant on agency staff (with over 800,000 currently part of the workforce), are companies putting their businesses at risk?

Is testing candidates before they apply the future of recruitment?

Psychometric testing is becoming ever more commonplace in recruitment. However, it is usually something that is carried out at the end of the process, with remaining candidates performing standard testing to check that they fit in with existing company values. But there is growing support for psychometric testing to take place before candidates even apply for jobs.

Helping to reduce recruitment fraud

Security Watchdog has always been at the forefront of innovation and legislation within the screening industry. We have recently become a supporting member of SAFERjobs.