Along with the goodie-bag that comes with Employment Background Verification, there comes a puddle that companies often find themselves stepping onto. Inevitably, this makes way for scepticism if whether or not background screening is worth every penny spent against the results promised.

Business that’s fairly new to the background screening fold have come to realize the importance of it and its benefits: lowered hiring costs and employment of dependable, genuine and proficient candidates. But being new, they are, sometimes, bound to be at the receiving end of the mistakes of their verification partner. This has direct effect on their business.

Let’s look into what can go wrong and a low-down on how to steer clear of these puddles.

Lack of Standardized Procedure for Background Screening
Background checks, like the game Chinese whispers, move along between verification companies, the HR, and recruiters resulting in it getting redundant which ultimately lacks consistency. As time passes, it is prone to become less diligent with more and more loopholes surfacing. This has direct effects on a company’s business with volatility of hiring “verified” employees.

Solution: Background screening must be standardized based on the type of verification request with due diligence and regulations taking center stage against all factors that are being considered. This will help in attaining optimum results that ultimately avoid discrepancies, discrimination, and inaccuracies.

Negligence to Vendors, Contractors, Partners, and Temporary Employees
When suppliers, vendor-employed workers, contractors have access to databases, systems, and other facilities which when handled inappropriately can trigger security issues. This slackness will cost the business more than one can imagine as they play a crucial link in retaining a company’s reputation. Confidential information, sensitive documents, and passwords can fall into the wrong hands, or to immoral candidates, who can misuse it against a company and dent its credibility.

Solution: When verification is mandatory for permanent employees, who logically tend to be more loyal to the company, temporary and third party employees get past the screening process leaving a huge hole of vulnerability. Companies must ensure its verification partner never neglects to address such small, but critical loopholes which can prove disastrous otherwise.

Relying on Manual Verification Procedure
Manual verification comes with human errors and misrepresentation of data by deceitful candidates. They get confident in their unethical act due to the fact that manual checks can get strenuous at a stage and amongst the pile of papers a few discrepancies can go unnoticed. This raises high-level litigation problems that get hard to sort with fabricated information to rely on.

Solution: Background verification companies need to have efficient automated screening process to evade these costly mishaps. However, at times manual intervention becomes inevitable, so it is best to establish an efficient verification procedure that integrates both automated and manual screening. Thus saving cost, time, and effort involved in the hiring process.

Ignoring to Verify Executive-Level Employees
Tampering with education credentials and work experiences are not so uncommon or startling when it comes to executive-level resumes. At such higher level jobs there is a probability of criminal (fraud) history too; hence companies need to execute a meticulous background screening to avoid hiring fictitious resumes. Background screening at executive job levels pose the problem of verifying reputed candidates. In most cases, these are the candidates who have been in the business for a while, making it sensitive for the company not to lose them all the while ensuring they are not a threat to the future of the company.

Solution: Verification partners need to conduct a detailed yet formal background screening for senior and top level employees. It’s not profitable for a company to run their business with orders coming from such unethical candidates, nor invest to lose their reputation especially at leadership levels.

Failing to Conduct Post-Hire Employee Verification
From the hiring process to the entire tenure of the employee, background screening needs to be conducted for all job positions. Candidates hired need to be verified even after being on board and at regular intervals for consistency, and to update records of any change of address, qualifications and so forth. This will avoid any legal concerns.

Solution: It is necessary that the verification companies take the necessary precautions to avoid crossing any personal intrusion, they must also be sure not to step on confidential private information of current employees.

Companies need to hire verification partners who are not just reliable but also smart and proficient with their work procedures to avoid a pile of problems, including legal issues, which come with inadequately organized background screening processes. iCrederity is one such verification partner that has pan-India presence and follows due diligence and helps its clients save on cost, time and effort while hiring right candidates.

About iCrederity
iCrederity is a leading provider of employee screening and background verification services to prevent identity and credential fraud through a verification and certification program, enabling individuals and businesses of integrity to stand apart while safeguarding them against fraud. iCrederity provides a comprehensive suite of essential HR services through its Employee Lifecycle Management platform. For more information, log on to www.icrederity.com or write an email to media@crederity.com.

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Imagine life, when everything had to be done manually! Right from designing an automobile to making a bag; how tedious and cumbersome would the process have been without any assistance? Today, automation has completely changed the world we live in. Everything that we come across today is automated. So be it manufacturing, healthcare, retail, Information Technology or education, every industry is riding high on automation.
Education Verification: The Need
When it comes to organizations hiring the right candidates, a complete education background verification is important. Colleges/universities are often caught in the web of verification of their students – amidst a burgeoning amount of requests from employers. More than anything else, education verification is a crucial aspect in background check. It is imperative that candidates with authentic and valid education degrees are only hired.
Given the rise in forgery and cheating cases related to education, a solid education verification of a candidate is need of the hour. Grappling with many vices that have smothered the smooth functioning of the institutional and educational machineries, it’s time to put in place a rock solid system.

Current Scenario
Colleges/universities witness a huge crowd of potential candidates. Problems arise when it comes to validating education certificates in a very short span of time. Often this opens a window for error in judgment, which can later prove to be fatal; for candidates with forged certificates can be a big blow to the reputation of the institution.
Today, by automating the education verification process, things have been rendered easy.
The Automation
The margin of error in a manual verification is always high. The age old method of verifying every detail including marks, university stamps, signatures can be a cumbersome and a tedious process; let alone the fact that immense time would be taken up doing this. Today, through an automated education verification process, the risks have been minimized and greater benefits added.
Here are some of the benefits of automated education verification:
Preventing revenue leakage from colleges: An automated process would definitely prevent any untoward revenue loss from colleges/universities as the verification process is based on a secured and sound platform. This also helps in creating an authentic revenue stream.

Prevent fraud: The biggest threat to colleges and organizations is candidates with forged degrees. Illegally procured grades/degrees have become an easy way for underserving candidates to bag a seat at a good university or a good job. With automated education verification, this risk can be completely mitigated.

Protect brand name of the institution: A timely verification can ensure fraudulent candidates are not admitted and save the brand name of the institute.

Create a database of alumni: Automated verification enables institutes to create a database of verified alumni, which can be of great use in the future and also avoid unnecessary duplication of work.
To get an edge over competition and survive, organizations and educational institutes have come to value the importance of education verification. iCredify, a growing education verification company, has come up with an entire gamut of verification services to help prevent forgery in the education system. By helping companies with verified employees and institutes with meritorious candidates, iCredify brings value added services like, automated placement services, internship launchpad, alumni tracker modules amongst others.
For more information log on to www.icredify.com or email at info@icredify.com.

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