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Determining whether or not to offer a job to a candidate can be a risky affair; how do you know they are who they say they are? Do they have the qualifications they say they do? We can help you by conducting pre-employment screenings to determine if a candidate is right for your company. After all, hiring the wrong person could result in fraud or a bad reputation, and – as a business owner – you should do everything you can to prevent this.

Employment investigations: using available information

The new GDPR legislation lay out strict guidelines on the processing and distribution of personal data, and this includes certain aspects of their employment history. Previous employers can still hold employee data provided it is being processed for lawful purposes such as tax, and the employee has a right to access any data being processed. All of this means that the information you can legally search for is often of a public nature: traces left on social media, blog posts, and other similar websites.

The availability of specific information also differs from country to country. For example, official criminal records can only be requested by the candidate through a subject access request, and the process for doing this varies depending on the country where the records are held. Similarly, litigation checks are also not publicly available in every country. These legal hurdles can make it difficult to find genuine, reliable information about an individual, which is where our investigative services can help.

Background screening

At Blackhawk, we provide a comprehensive screening service to provide you with an understanding of the potential employee’s background. We use publicly available information to conduct our own private investigations, allowing us to give you better insight into the suitability of a candidate. Additionally, we collate and organise the data into concise, easily understandable reports for ease of use.

Our services include:

  • Verifying educational qualifications
  • Verifying previous employment
  • Checking for a criminal record
  • Reviewing social media and internet activity
  • Litigation checks
  • Identifying any political ‘red flags’
  • Analysing potential corporate affiliations

We also utilise human source enquiries, obtained from reliable sources who can comment on a candidate’s personal and professional reputation. The sources are often former employers, but our contact networks encompass other reliably placed sources we can go to for accurate information.

By using our services, you can concentrate on running your business and leave the investigating to us, saving you the time, money, and potential stress that can come with hiring the wrong person. As we have over 15 years of experience, we know how to find the necessary information, whether that be through identifying hidden or deleted computer files, or by reviewing specific Internet searches. Once this information has been analysed, we can prepare and present the evidence in a way that is easy to understand. We can also present this evidence in a legally acceptable format should you need to use the evidence in a court of law, and our forensic services ensure that any data collected is of sufficient quality and accuracy.

Trust Blackhawk to help you make the right choice

Once we have conducted our thorough background checks on your potential employees, we will be able to provide with you with an in-depth report of our findings. With this information, you can then decide whether or not the candidate is the right fit for you and your business.

Using our employment investigation services can help you to prevent the worst from occurring, such as fraud, theft, whistle-blowing, bribery or employment disputes. In addition, if you believe that an employee is already harming your company without your knowledge, then our due diligence services can determine who, how and why.

To find out how you can benefit from our background screening service, call us today on 020 7788 8983.

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