Why Staff Vetting is Important for Your Organisation

Almost every single organisation, regardless of industry or company size, has to go through the hiring process at some point. Whether short-term or long-term, hiring employees is essential, but what if you hire the wrong person?

Importance of Staff Vetting

Many UK companies are guilty of making wrong decisions when it comes to hiring staff, and there are several instances where it’s made them rethink their pre-employment background screening process. Some may not have even had a coherent strategy in place to begin with. 

Some candidates may exploit this lack of background screening to pull the wool over your eyes, boasting an incredible CV and experience but simultaneously masking a notable criminal record and no proof of right to work in the UK. Conversely, they could be lying on their CV and providing false information to stand out, and without proper staff vetting, these issues won’t always be flagged until it’s too late.

Surprisingly, many employers still get it wrong and don’t take the necessary steps to vet their staff correctly, which can have drastic consequences. This is why the importance of proper, consistent staff vetting and pre-employment checks can’t be overstated. This guide is designed to highlight why background checks and vetting are essential.

What is Vetting?

The staff vetting process involves delving deep into a prospective employee’s background and history, beyond what’s been supplied on their CV or job application. In many cases, a candidate will divulge more information during the job interview. Still, the hiring organisation need to confirm a candidate’s experience, education, employment history and criminal record. A candidate’s CV may just be conjecture, so it pays off to know exactly who you’re hiring and take steps to ensure your organisation is protected and making a wise hiring decision.

Vetting employees goes further than checking references and typically includes criminal background checks, verifying professional licenses, certifications, degrees, and checking social media profiles.

Always ensure that a candidate has completed all necessary pre-employment vetting steps before any contract is signed.

Questions to Ask Regarding Staff Vetting

  • Has the candidate confirmed they have the right to work in the UK?
  • Have they passed any physical, mental, wellness or mandatory drug tests (if necessary)?
  • Have references been contacted and all relevant details been confirmed?
  • Have all valid certifications been verified?
  • Have you met your equal opportunities criteria?
  • Does the role require candidates to be legally allowed to work with children or vulnerable adults?
  • Does the job application state all required job duties and standards as well as any changes negotiated in the interview process?

The above list isn’t necessarily exhaustive as it will depend on your organisation, industry and what role you are trying to fill.

As HR professionals, you have to ensure you’re making the most intelligent and effective hiring decisions and ensuring that each candidate’s credentials stand up to scrutiny before any hire is made. There are several reasons why a structured background check process will benefit your company.

Why Conduct Background Checks on New Hires?

They increase efficiency in your organisation.

Vetting staff helps save time, money and minimises disruption to business operations. You won’t have to spend hours in fruitless meetings with unqualified candidates or timewasters. Of course, with any new hire, there is a period of adjustment and acclimation, but all is worth it in the long run.

They eliminate unsuitable candidates.

Background screening allows the majority of candidate applications to be discarded. Before long, you’ll soon be able to establish a shortlisted few once you develop your ideal profile and criteria.

They help you tailor your interview(s) accordingly.

Vetting provides you with opportunities to focus interviews on essential matters rather than spend time on issues that don’t matter. Information uncovered in the interview can steer the discussion in the right direction.

They help your company’s reputation.

Vetting and background screening provide your company with some added protection, which is ideal if you handle large sums of money, stock or GDPR-sensitive information. Conducting DBS checks, ID verification, credit checks, AML checks and other specific types may be a stipulated requirement by your governing body or organisation’s industry regulator. It can help eliminate potential candidates from the process and reduce your risk. This also helps create a safer working environment for your existing staff and demonstrate your compliance to insurers, regulators, and clients.

Staff Vetting Solutions from Eurocom CI

Vetting is essential, but it does take time and requires the right expertise to get it right. At Eurocom CI, we have a proven track record of success in helping companies make smarter hiring decisions, taking care of the whole process for them. We want to help you secure the best talent and offer various packages and bespoke solutions for our clients. Get in touch to find out more.