Rob Wallace, Makesure, a sponsor company at the marcus evans HR Summit 2014, on pre-employment background checks.
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Rob Wallace, Makesure, a sponsor company at the marcus evans HR Summit 2014, on pre-employment background checks.

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Rob Wallace, Makesure, a sponsor company at the marcus evans HR Summit 2014, on pre-employment background checks. Rob Wallace, Makesure, a sponsor company at the marcus evans HR Summit 2014, on pre-employment background checks. Document Transcript

  • Interview with: Rob Wallace, Managing Director, Makesure “Pre-employment background checking protects organisations from the potentially „bad egg‟ joining the company at the executive level. A company could be exposed to massive levels of risk if the relevant checks are not performed on people in high-risk areas or senior positions,” Rob Wallace, Managing Director, Makesure pointed out. Background checking is an inexpensive addition to a recruitment process, yet many Human Resources (HR) departments choose to have it done internally by low-level administra- tors, who do not necessary do all the appropriate checks, he adds. Makesure is a sponsor company at the marcus evans HR Summit 2014, in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 31 March - 2 April. What background checks should be conducted at the pre-employment stage? Why? Depending on the position, a candi- date‟s police record, education, qualifications, previous employment and/or driving license should be checked or confirmed. All checks need to be appropriate to the level of the job. From a compliance and risk perspective, it is important to know that a potential executive has a good credit record or has not spoken poorly in the media in the past. People in healthcare, transport or other high-risk areas can cost their organisation through inappropriate behaviour or ability. A logistics company should know the background of its employees driving 5 million dollars worth of equipment across the country. The market is moving to large-scale checking, focused mostly on police checks, yet we still hear of incidents where references or visa have not been checked. Recently, a disability care provider found itself in trouble when one of its carers was found to be behaving inappropriately. A recent study suggests that over 67 per cent of people lie on their resume, mostly around their employment titles and length of tenure. A simple employment confirmation check helps reduce the risks this poses. Why can’t this be done in-house? What gaps would outsourcing cover? Many of these checks require a long process of accreditation and are not conducted in a single place. There may be different institutions and jurisdictions involved. A company that specialises in this would better handle the variations and follow-up work required for each of them. In general, when companies do background checking internally, they assign the task to a low-level adminis- trator, who is not qualified to decide what tests are best for each position or situation. Many background checks are clear- cut and can be conducted when the person is applying for a new position. How can companies predict how that person will behave in the future or what he will post on social media? Past behaviours often indicate future behaviours. Retrospective media checking can give an indication of what might happen and what type of person they are looking to employ, outside of the usual preparations and pre- employment interviews HR conducts. Also, for audit purposes, credit and background checking being carried out on a regular basis (every one or two years) can lead to a better picture of what employees get up to outside their working hours and what they are saying about the company online. A logistics company should know the background of its employee driving 5 million dollars worth of equipment across the country Why Completing Pre-Employment Checks the Right Way Can Minimise Risk
  • T h e H R N e t w o r k – marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the HR Summit 2014 This unique forum will take place at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 31 March - 2 April 2014. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on winning HR strategies, the HR leader of the future, fostering a high-performance culture, and achieving long-term success. www.hranzsummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com About Makesure Makesure is a background checking service that encompasses all pre-employment checking and ongoing maintenance of personnel. Accredited in Police History Checking we can return some checks in seconds. In today‟s climate leaving your business open to risk and non compliance is one of the most significant legal matters. By completing thorough independent background checks you can protect your business from disaster and should questions be asked you know you have rigorously investigated employee backgrounds. Makesure with Makesure. www.makesure.com.au About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world‟s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-to-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events Corporate Learning & Talent Development Summit (North America) - www.cltdsummit.com To view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.hranzsummit.com/RobWallace