Cover Story Beyond Boundaries Don't let international employees become liabilities. Bring background screening to a global level. By Russ Banham Background screening has proven to be as vital to the recruitment process as the hiring of targeted skill sets. In the United States, companies can accurately vet the educational, criminal, and work experience histories of job applicants. But what about when prospective employees are recruited beyond U.S. boundaries? It is not uncommon for an apparently talented individual in China, India, or some other emerging country where background checks are in their infancy to claim a particular educational degree or period of time working in a specifi c capacity for a local company. If the person  HRO TODAY MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2014 has a name that is equivalent to a " John Smith, " vetting the truth of these attestations is an uphill climb often ending in crossed fi ngers. Small wonder why several providers of background screening services in the U.S. say a key trend is either establishing footholds in foreign markets to conduct more in-depth background checks or partnering with organizations in these countries to provide the same services. Indeed, the subject was a front burner issue at the recent annual conference of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS).