Why do we recommend employers do background checks irrespective of who recommended the employee or how qualified the prospective employee might be? Employers generally do not assume that people applying for jobs are lying on their resumes and job applications – quite the contrary.
The background check is often a final step taken by employers to help ensure a sound hiring decision and protect the employer from several potential risks.
Employers face certain responsibilities for their employees’ welfare, as well as for the safety of customers, vendors and visitors. For example, if an employer hires someone who harms another employee, the employer may face claims for negligent hiring if, for example, the employer had reasonable cause to believe that the employee might be dangerous to others or the employer failed to conduct a reasonable investigation to discover whether the employee is unfit for the position or may cause harm to others.
For many employers, a background check is a reliable way of verifying claims made by job seekers during the hiring process. With a tight employment market, the appeal of overstating educational qualifications or enhancing job histories, for example, can grow.
Employers know that most business theft today is performed by insiders. A background check can help employers to make intelligent and informed hiring decisions to help reduce their risk of theft.
Honesty and Integrity
A confirmed misstatement or fabrication made by a candidate during the hiring process often is enough for an employer to question the candidate’s honesty or integrity and potentially disqualify them from a job.
VARIOUS BACKGROUND CHECK AND VERIFICATION SERVICES
SECURITY / CRIMINAL CHECKS
This is to confirm whether an applicant has a criminal history, a specific “security background check” should be conducted for each individual before employment. This process is also sometimes called “security screening” or a “criminal history check”.
GUARANTORS / REFEREES CHECK
This is a verification exercise that helps to establish that the guarantors or referees provided or claimed are suitable and verifiable with detailed information about them.
RESIDENCE / FAMILY CHECKS
This is to ascertain the physical confirmation of the employee’s residence and address, family residence, and location, should in case the need arises in the future to get in touch with any member of the family.
PROFESSIONAL/ PERSONAL ASSESSMENT
This check reviews information regarding an applicant’s capacity to perform in the proposed position. It is useful in learning about an applicant’s abilities, skills, qualifications, work habits, absenteeism, ability to be supervised, honesty, tendency to engage in violent or harmful conduct, and other problem areas. We achieve this by taking them through some specialized tests/exercises such as Psychometric, Personality, and Temperaments Analysis.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION VERIFICATION
Given the enormous number of applicants who make false educational claims, this search verifies that an applicant has the training required for the position being sought. It also confirms that all education claimed on the C.V are genuine and recorded. We also conduct the verification of the authenticity of all certificates provided including the NYSC discharge certificate.
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY CHECK
This exercise helps to verify the employment history. The verification is an essential element in building a defense against negligent hiring claims (even when a prior employer will verify only minimal information). This report helps the employer verify employment history and check for inconsistencies between the information on the application and the prior employers’ statements (dates of employment, reason for leaving, job title). This report may also provide information regarding the applicant’s honesty, tendency to engage in violent or harmful conduct, or other problem areas.
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER
KYC refers to ‘Know Your Customer or ‘Know Your Client’. A process wherein a business can verify the identity of customers to gauge their legitimacy and credibility. The process is most used by different organizations such as banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions to establish the legitimacy of customers
USE OF KYC
While KYC was first formulated for banks and financial institutions, today it is used by a wide range of businesses including online businesses. Institutions generally frame their KYC procedures using four different approaches:
- Customer Acceptance Policy
- Customer Identification Procedure
- Transaction Monitoring
- Risk Management
KYC controls used in organizations generally involve the following practices:
- Pooling and scrutiny of personal identity
- Matching identity documents against global watch-lists generated by law enforcement agencies around the
- Identification and determination of risk generated from the customer and his/her tendency to commit illegal activities including money laundering, terrorism, and identity
- Customer profile creation based on the previous analysis and past transaction
- Observing customers’ behaviour and matching transactions against expected behaviour and that of the customer’s
CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURES
The documents obtained during onboarding are used to verify the veracity of the customer. An individual financial account can be opened only when these minimum requirements are addressed:
- Date of birth
- Identification number
PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES
- REQUIREMENTS FROM THE CLIENT
We will need the following items to help achieve our goals:
- Letter of Engagement or Appointment and SLA
- A comprehensive detail about the customers, employees, preferable V
- Copy of Employee Appointment / Engagement letter
- REPORT OF FINDINGS
Our reports will be forwarded upon completion of the exercise with our findings and general observations. We can however send them in piecemeal if you so wish as we complete the circle on each individual/ employee. The overall report will come in both electronic and Physical copy upon completion.
- SERVICE CHARGE (RATES)
Our Service rate varies depending on the nature or level of service required by the client. We have however categorized our services and rates in this format for flexibility but can still be adjusted if the client’s need is not covered or require amendment.