Picture this: you’ve started your ideal business, and it’s rapidly expanding. Now you have the task of hiring more employees to help with all of the operations, sales and everything that needs to be done. However, you don’t want to hire just anyone into your company, you want a reliable employee who will work hard for the company and be a pleasant person to be around. Business is going well, but for a start up with limited staff and capital, hiring a fraud or bad employee could have the potential to sink the rising ship.
If you’ve made the decision to hire an investigation company to conduct an employment background check to make sure you’re hiring the proper individual, you are on the right path. You’re not alone, about 93% of firms globally conduct background checks or employment background check investigations as part of a hiring process. Many people associate background screening with large companies. However, investing in reliable evidence is not a matter of size, and investigators say small companies are often the most risk because of screening processes that are new or not yet in place.
For small and medium size companies, getting a proper employment screening process can be even more important, as people who work for the company usually have access to more data and more responsibilities than in larger companies. The impact of a bad hire can be greater in smaller companies than in multinationals. Plus, in today’s world where talent can be hired anywhere, it is also important to make sure the vetting process is thorough regardless of the country the candidate is from, even if they’ll work remotely. At this stage in the game, it is critical to get the right hire.
Due diligence experts and investigators, on the other hand, believe that the term “background check” can signify a wide range of things, and it’s vital to understand your risk as well as your particular needs for a professional investigation. Searching criminal records alone is insufficient and ineffective in reducing risk, especially if you’re hiring from another country. A real background check is an actual investigation, one that can be customized to meet your specific verification and evidence needs.
Not sure how to get started? Here are some general recommendations from our international private investigators for verifying new hires.
Get professional and local expertise
Don’t assume you know everything there is to know about someone simply because you have checked the majority of their social media accounts. Searching the internet or online databases is not an investigation and is not going to produce real evidence.
When it comes to protecting your brand and growing profitably, getting the background check investigation done right is critical. Too many companies today are learning this lesson the hard way, and contacting us after they’ve had a bad hire experience. In most cases, they thought they were conducting background checks, but in fact were just paying a website to search databases or criminal records. Real verification requires real investigators, and there is no magical database that can replace this.
Professional investigation firms have access to resources that you may be unaware of, as well as training and knowledge that can help your business. They may be able to provide you with pertinent information to help you make an informed decision about your employment options. They can also safeguard you against making a poor hiring decision.
An international private investigator will act as your local expert if you hire someone from another country. Because they speak the language and have access to local records, they can evaluate and obtain independent references, as well as properly limit your risk.
Consistency is important
To stay on the right side of employment regulations and make sure that each candidate is screened the same, ensure that everyone applying for the same job receives the same level of due diligence and screening. The same applies to candidates from other countries. No one is exempt from the screening process, especially if they come from another country. International investigators can also conduct background checks in Russia, China or other countries. Everyone should go through the same screening process.
For higher-level positions such as management and executive positions, consider a more thorough background check investigation and due diligence. The more responsibility, the greater the risk. Contact us today to learn more how we can help.
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