Employment and hiring good candidates has no borders anymore. Globalization has erased all geographical barriers to turn the world into an enormous workplace, where knowledge and personal capabilities are of greater importance than language barriers, visas or even salary rates.
For any company that wishes to be successful, hiring the right talent is a top priority. Considering today´s situation with fraud, corruption, bribery and scams, employers must hire professionals who can pass professional international pre-employment screening and comprehensive background checks. It´s not necessarily a matter of verifying people who come from risky countries -although there are countries where corruption and fraud happen significantly more than in others- but it is a matter of business intelligence and legal compliance. Regardless of the location of the candidate, it is a good practice to run background checks and minimize risk. Not doing so can be a very costly mistake and learning lesson.
A factor that is very important for human resources and recruitment departments is that screening globally can be very different from screening in the U.S. First of all, there can be a language barrier. The candidate may have great English skills, but his/hers previous employers, the people who work in the of you need to contact may not speak your language. Laws and record keeping can be drastically different, so don’t assume a background check in New York is the same as in Tokyo, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur or Russia. You’ll need a trained investigator in the country who speaks the language, has access to local records, and who can properly screen the case for fraud. Professional investigators can discreetly verify a number of factors, which may include but not limited to employment and education history, criminal and court records, address and date of birth, passport and identification, bankruptcy, reference checks, and more.
International background checks can be more costly than the simple domestic cases, but they are critical to the success of your organization. If you’re hiring or doing business abroad, the risk for fraud, scams and misrepresentation is much higher, and you need to mitigate that risk.
The availability of the information can be another challenge. Many countries do not have digital records, or they are outdated. Physical records are often checked directly at local courts or offices, and are the most reliable information you can get. This means having reliable contacts in agencies and offices in the country, and an investigator who knows the procedures and methods to obtain the information.
These are some of the most important things to look for in an employment background check:
Hiring internationally is a great opportunity that today’s employers have, but it has to be well done with proper verification processes in place. Be safe, be skeptical and always verify!
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