Employee verification checks – Why are they a good idea?
As the competition in today’s job market grows, performing background checks on potential employees is growing in popularity. This can be extremely important when the role requires very specific skills and experience. So how can these pre-screening verification checks help both recruiters and job seekers in the current climate?
As a company, looking to hire new staff can be time-consuming and costly. In 2017 it was estimated that it costs a company £ 4,068 on average just to advertise a position and get the selected candidate up to speed with basic training. This doesn’t factor in time spent by management who perform interviews, HR representatives who deal with onboarding and any other industry or role specific costs for new starters. With so many applicants and such a high initial outlay at risk, it can save time and give peace of mind having a pre-screening stage done for you before the shortlisted applicants even get through your door.
Could I have the verification done myself?
If you’re a job seeker, choosing to provide these references and verification reports can go a long way in setting you apart from your competitors. It shows a level of initiative and ambition, as well as creating a level of assurance for your prospective employer that your CV is trustworthy. If you have specific skills and experience and are applying for positions within that sector, having an employment check performed on your relevant work history and any qualifications can really give weight to your application.
Current government figures now show that 49% of all people in England are expected to have participated in some form of higher education by the time they are 30. Whilst this is great news for UK employers, with such an increased number of university graduates it can be difficult to filter which documents are genuine and which ones aren’t.
Will verification checks improve the quality of applicants?
A study conducted by careers information website Graduate Prospects found that: “89% of students and graduates said that by just having the knowledge that their qualifications were going to be checked would make them less likely to lie”. If verification checks become the norm in your hiring process, it’s likely that there will be a drop in the number of circumstances where information has been exaggerated or even fabricated. A quick education or employment check can ensure that any claims that are relevant to the position are genuine and accurate.
We don’t focus on time frames when it comes to an employment check, we feel it’s much more advantageous and sensible to allow the choice of which employment positions should be verified. If you are applying for an Engineering role with a specific specialism but spent the last 2 years in an unrelated position, it doesn’t make much sense to have a breakdown of your experience and responsibilities if it doesn’t lend to your current application. We focus on relevance, saving you time by leaving out unnecessary information.
How can I request a verification check?
You can apply for a check for yourself or on behalf of an applicant through our website or over the phone. You will be able to provide the necessary information during the checkout stages if you choose to order on the website, alternatively we can provide the checklist for the information we will require via e-mail. All authorisation forms will be provided to you for completion, which you can then return either digitally or via post. All information received back from previous employers or education providers will then be reviewed by our team, who will generate a professional report delivered to you digitally.
To protect your company’s time and finances, it’s wise to make these background checks an integral part of your hiring processes. We can undertake these checks on your behalf, freeing up your recruiters and HR representatives, allowing them to focus on ensuring they’re choosing the right candidate for the job. Take the guesswork out of the hiring process and boost your confidence that your resources are being invested in the right people.
To view and request an employment check or education verification, go to our website here: