The recruitment process should always be as extensive as possible, as this benefits both the person applying for a job and their potential employer. An applicant only wants to work for the right company for their personal desires and long-term ambitions, whilst a recruiter is looking for a committed applicant who ticks all the right boxes for the employer. It is important to have that balance and the best recruitment agencies understand how to perform background checks that authenticate information provided in an application and finds the right, honest references before putting an applicant in front of a potential employer.
During most application processes, the recruiter will look into the information that an applicant has provided. To lie about anything in the past at this stage, could put your whole career in jeopardy, as even if you get the job now, but it is found out later you have lied about a previous employment, qualification, or something worse, it will likely result in you losing your job.
A background check is undertaken by a recruiter on behalf of an employer to check that the information that the applicant has provided about their education, background and employment experience is correct. If this information is found to be true, the employer has faith that the applicant can perform the roles assigned to the job. The process of a background check is one where all major points in an application is confirmed through a strict verification process.
Most commonly, a recruiter will first verify the academic and other education qualifications and credentials that an applicant has listed on their CV and application. This is especially important for job roles where there is a need for a specific vocational qualification, or health and safety certificate that must be obtained before a person can work in that role legally.
After your education, a recruitment agency will look at your previous employment and specific job roles, length of contracts, salary and performance within those roles. This can be easily done through calls to the HR department of previous employers or by speaking to the previous employers who are listed as references in any job application. It is at this stage where a reference is used to determine not only the suitability of a candidate in terms of qualifications and skills but also their temperament in the workplace, whether they are team-players, trouble-makers, independent and other characteristics that might make them either suitable or unsuitable for a role.
There are also some occasions where a certain job role requires drug tests for new employees or other tests that ascertain certain skills and knowledge before a person is considered for the final round of applications for a role.
The best recruitment agencies understand the ins and outs of the recruitment process, including the need for background checks to verify individuals before they are put through to the next round of the application process. This is more important in some industries, but if you are looking for a new job expect to go through some form of background check procedure, and for employers looking to recruit, choose a recruitment agency that understands your needs and will only put the best applicants in front of you during the final stages of the application process, after conducting the right type of background checks depending on your job role and industry.