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Employment Screening



A prospective client approached Security Watchdog with a business damaging scenario which could have been avoided had pre-employment screening been in place as part of their onboarding programme.  This business had hired a CEO-2 Marketing Director on the basis of a strong and compelling CV, which indicated a series of high profile marketing leadership roles in their sector.  No background checks were undertaken and the new hire had access to sensitive data and systems from the start.  Within a month, the new Marketing Director had resigned and left the organisation, taking a copy of the business’s marketing database and sensitive client information.  It was later discovered that this Marketing Director had always been working for a competitor, which had not been disclosed on their CV, and that they were registered as a Director of that organisation.  The client recognised that background checks would have surfaced these facts and thereby prevented an embarrassing commercial blow to their business.

In solving the client’s immediate problem of not knowing the backgrounds of individuals who they were hiring, Security Watchdog implemented, at pace, a range of appropriate background checks, including directorship checks, for different levels of candidates entering the organisation.  The deployment of a directorship check gave full visibility to the hiring client of any candidate directorships which may pose a conflict of interest with the client’s core business. This check, together with employment references and activity gap analysis, gave the client confidence around the background integrity of their new hires.  18 years later, pre-employment screening is now firmly embedded as a key personnel risk mitigation activity.  Today the client - one of Security Watchdog’s longest standing - is recognised as a market leader in its field with all candidates having been screened before they join. 

 
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