Could it have been avoided before the individual became an employee? What damage has been done by the
terminated employee? How can your organization learn from this incident?
A resume and interview give only a partial picture of an applicant. The proper use of background investigations will
reveal a more complete picture of your applicant.
Although checking for truthfulness is important, it is also necessary to determine your applicant’s overall competence
and past job performance. For example, consider the employment verification done on an individual applying for a
position in an accounting department. Contrary to the applicant’s hiring documentation, upon investigation it is
determined that they did not work in the accounting department of their previous employer, but actually worked in the
housekeeping department. Obviously untruthful, but also detrimental to the prospect accounting department that was
expecting to get an experienced individual.
A little extra time and effort upfront will result in fewer bad hiring decisions, thus reducing:
A thorough background investigation on an applicant can be completed by an experienced investigator in as little as
three business days.
Although, like the stock market, past behavior is no guarantee of future results, it is a good indicator of future
DATE: May 2004 - Sometimes, "You're Fired" Is Too Late!