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Cover Story
Best Practices for
Global Screening
As verifying the credentials of international employees
becomes more important than ever, our roundtable of
experts recommend the following four best practices
to follow:
* Maintain a consistent process for all candidates no
matter their location.
* Verify educational credentials-illegitimate
academic degrees are a thriving business abroad.
* Conduct criminal checks for the primary residence
of the candidate.
* Issue background searches for all prior residencies
of candidates.
Becker says. " If the individual is going to conduct
supplier quality audits, we could end up with products
made from inferior goods. Obviously, we have to be
absolutely sure what someone states on their resume is
what they're actually qualified to do. "
International Compliance
Companies can undertake this ferreting out process
on their own, but as with many tasks outside their
core competencies, the work is better left to experts
like EBI, which handles Pelican Products' background
screening needs. Global screening can be handled by
third-party providers through on-the-ground footwork
or via outsourcing relationships with local background
screening firms.
This work is expected to become less arduous and timeconsuming
as the NAPBS reaches out to government
officials worldwide to discuss the benefits of
background checks, while further encouraging them to
implement standards and best practices similar to what
exists in the U.S.
internationally has been aimed at the accuracy of a
job candidate's alleged educational criteria. So-called
diploma mills-unaccredited education institutions that
offer illegitimate academic degrees for a fee-are a
thriving business abroad. The challenge is separating the
wheat from the chaff.
Say the job applicant's resume indicates the person
received a degree from a very formal-sounding
university. To back up the information, he or she
provides an email address or phone number. The
prospective employer calls the phone number to verify
the data and is told all is well. The person is hired.
Unfortunately, the " degree " is nothing more than a
piece of paper.
Equally alarming is the theft of a bona fide college
graduate's identity for the purpose of acquiring work
as that person in another country. This happens more
often than companies imagine. " Education is the one
area where people tend to get the most fictitious, " says
Becker from Pelican Products.
She explains that Pelican hires many engineers around
the world. " Someone with a modest knowledge of the
profession could create a fictitious graduate degree, "
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" So far, we've been able to create NAPBS chapters
in Canada, Europe, and Asia Pacific, with the Global
Alliance Council overseeing these and future efforts, "
says Capwell, adding that the council's mission is to " be
the global voice of the background screening profession,
providing the framework for the promotion of standards
and ethical business practices through legal compliance
and education. "
Carpenter from IntelliCorp Records agrees that
compliance is a key factor in moving companies toward
global background checks. " I just came back from the
NAPSB conference, and one of the key topics among
us was how regulations drive compliance, which then
drives expanded background screening processes, " he
says. " Governments and regulatory agencies are holding
companies to higher standards, which is a good thing for
everyone. "
Russ Banham is a veteran business journalist and author. His
new book, " Higher: 100 Years of Boeing, " will be in bookstores in
January. He can be reached at www.russbanham.com.
http://www.russbanham.com

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