February 21, 2009

International Business Services Revealed

These days, it's tough to tell who the best candidate is for the job, even when he or she is from the same local area. Complicating matters further is the fact that many businesses are hiring folks from abroad, where language, culture, and access to information is a foreign affair. Verifying a candidate's background from overseas is essential to make sure the right person is hired, and to prevent unforseen risks and costs from surfacing.

Many so-called background check companies simply search databases (which are often outdated or inaccurate) for a candidate's history of credit, criminal records and public information. This approach can be reckless in a domestic market. Following this approach with an international candidate can be down right negligent, since such databases often don't exist for many countries, especially in the developing world.

Where to turn when a foreign candidate is considered for a position? Employers should use a real investigation firm with field investigators in the region or country of concern. Professional investigators who have the ability to gather information in the local market, in the local language, and verify a candidate's background are essential to any international pre-employment screening. Wymoo International is one firm that is headquartered in the U.S., but uses field investigators around the globe.

Focusing simply on public records and databases is a great way for a background check company to save on expenses, but it may end up leaving the employer holding the bag.

All the Best,

S. Birch
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