DATE: December 2008 - Who's in Your Cabinet? Protecting Your Office Like the Oval Office
When it comes to vetting potential high-level advisors, President-elect Barack Obama has been perhaps more cautious and thorough than any President before him. With the recent arrest of the Illinois Governor Blagojevich and money manager Bernard Madoff—you can clearly see why.
There will always be individuals who abuse their power and are driven by greed. The incoming administration is using every legal and available means to scrutinize their candidates. For your own new hires, a cost effective background investigation can duplicate some of what they are doing in their vetting process.
Let’s revisit Due Diligence as an example of how you can effectively and affordably give your vetting process the presidential treatment.
At first glance, Due may appear fit for any cabinet or just the right candidate to join your organization. His resume is impressive. He shows up for the interview on-time. He is well dressed. He is well prepared with copies of his glowing resume and letters of
recommendation. He dazzles with articulated answers to your questions and has thoughtful, researched questions about your company and the position.
The problem is that everything you have at this point is applicant supplied information. He filled out the application. He prepared the resume and gave you the letters of recommendation. When vetting your candidates, it is important to verify all applicant supplied
information. The assumption should be that the candidate does have something to hide. A background investigation should be used to provide an objective reason to believe that the candidate is not hiding something.
Use the link below to view Due’s resume as well as a red flagged resume that shows what we
know after his background investigation. You can also view his adverse findings on his
complete background investigations report. This report shows how an affordable background
investigation can reveal many of the same things Barack Obama’s investigators were looking
for when vetting potential cabinet members.