When most think about the concept of employment screening they of course think of the basic, perhaps remedial background checks carried out on any and all applicants before being considered for a post. More often than not, any standard business or recruiter will be insistent on verifying things like education, qualifications and relevant experience by requesting documents and perhaps written references.
However, given the way in which it’s not exactly difficult to produce any number of documents with a home computer and printer, are checks at such a level really enough?
Not that it’s ever productive to enter into any recruitment drive with suspicion and cynicism, but there’s also no escaping the fact that CV screening really isn’t as black and white as it used to be. With a job market that’s never been more ferocious or congested in terms of applicants for every single post out there, it’s inevitable that some will be more than willing to cross the line into misleading recruiters in order to get the proverbial foot in the door.
Now, while in most instances this kind of CV and application embellishment is minor, it’s nonetheless impossible to take any application at face-value and know which areas ring true and which are completely to the contrary. As such, it is a case of not only carrying out employee and CV screening, but carrying out deep and consistent screening that doesn’t in any way allow assumptions to creep into the equation.
Poor employee screening will in most instances lead to nothing more than a few untruths slipping the net here and there, but the problem is that once an untruth has been uncovered, bonds of trust are broken and chances are the relationship with the person concerned will never be the same again. And then there are those that fully overstate their experience and capabilities, thus end up filling roles that should have been passed on to far more competent candidates.
Right at the far reaches of the table there are also those with the most questionable of backgrounds that aren’t exactly likely to plead their case with honesty when looking to land a job. As such, it’s either a case of consistent CV screening to find out their truth in advance, or leaving it in the lap of the Gods and finding out the hard way.
There are just too many risks and none are worth taking – professional CV screening
should be considered mandatory.