HR, recruitment, and staffing professionals now face a certain reality of remote employee interviewing and onboarding.
Whilst there are a lot of challenges associated with remote hiring, the good news is that there are numerous technological solutions to ease the process.
One such advancement is the ability for remote employee screening. It is even more vital considering the lack of face-to-face communications, to thoroughly check prospective employees’ backgrounds.
“I hired him – then he stole his colleague’s identity."
We have all seen the horror stories of those who skipped the basic principles of verification and who suffered the consequences.
Unfortunately, there will be individuals who will try to exploit the current mandated transition to remote hiring. Tactics such as using forged identity documents are common and without a proper employee screening procedure, these could go unnoticed, slip through the cracks, and cost an organisation both economic and reputational distress.
There are obvious financial repercussions of a ‘bad hire’ for example the financial burden of re-training, re-interviewing, re-checking ect.
Moreover, ‘bad hires’ once identified are a huge strain not just financially but resource-wise as HR and staffing professionals have to hit the re-do button and start from scratch
The cost of hiring a particularly dangerous individual, however, is financially cataclysmic.
According to recent research, recruitment fraud has cost the UK approximately £24 billion a year.
Once inside an organisation, the undetected fraudster can stealthily wreak mayhem. If they can access classified documentation or private and sensitive data, these individuals can pose tangible security and data breach risks.
From a financial and reputational point of view, failing to adequately screen prospective employees and hiring the wrong individual can potentially be catastrophic for not just your business but for your employees and clientele.
As discussed, employee screening is essential to protecting your business. There are a wide range of background checks available to ensure you know who you are recruiting.
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