Stop Making Excuses: Global Screening is Just Too Important to Neglect

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Despite continued strong unemployment numbers, employers continue to report struggling with talent acquisition. As a result, many are turning to non-traditional sources of talent, like recruiting from abroad.

HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, in fact, reveals that 55 percent of employers are actively recruiting candidates with foreign backgrounds.

This new talent pool, however, has not fully translated into transformed employment screening practices, as the same report shows that nearly a third of employers aren’t verifying the histories and qualifications of these candidates. Overlooking this candidate population could be the result of a few common misperceptions about global background screening.

Employers who aren’t background screening their candidates who have lived, worked, or studied abroad should remember that there are a number of tangible benefits produced by a program that includes global background checks. These include:

1. Protect against negligent hiring claims.

Negligent hiring is a very real—and very frightening—risk for modern organisations. If a worker causes harm to another individual within the scope of their job, and the employer cannot demonstrate that it exercised reasonable diligence when evaluating that individual’s fitness for the job, the organisation could potentially be held liable for negligent hiring.

Organisations can better insulate themselves from the risk of these claims by performing an appropriate background check for every candidate, even those with foreign elements in the backgrounds.

2. Verify your candidates really have the experience they claim.

Since global background checks are still not widely adopted among employers, some candidates may be taking advantage of this hole in an organisation’s program by claiming degrees from foreign universities or citing employment histories in other countries, hoping that their prospective employer will not check these aspects of their resumes.

To better ensure that your candidates have the proper qualifications and experience required, verifying these background elements should be an integral part of your screening program.

3. Better ensure consistent hiring practices for all job candidates.

Consistent background checks across job descriptions are important in better protecting you from claims of discriminatory hiring practices. So, if you’re not verifying the foreign experience of your job applicants, this could expose you to costly and time-consuming litigation. Consider a scenario in which you have two applicants for the same open position, one of whom claims a degree from a foreign institution.

If you only verify the education of the candidate who attended college domestically, you’ve created a situation that could potentially hurt your organisation.

4. Improve your overall quality of hire.

Just as it does domestically, global background screening can promote a better quality of hire by authenticating qualifications and experience, identifying any possible concerns in a candidate’s background, and verifying the integrity of the individual.


The HireRight Blog is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Any statutes or laws cited in this article should be read in their entirety. If you or your customers have questions concerning compliance and obligations under United States or International laws or regulations, we suggest that you address these directly with your legal department or outside counsel.

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