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Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Nicerazor(m): 11:08pm On Jul 05
WHY YOU SHOULD CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS

There are large numbers of applicants who are searching for jobs with questionable characters this leads us to the question ‘ How well do you know your employee or prospective hire?
Often times we leave our children, wards, properties, businesses at the mercy of people to take care of them without knowing who they are or if they are really who they say they are. How well do you know your domestic staff like your child’s nanny, house maid, your driver, your security guards or your new hire in the workplace?

Background investigations and reference checks are employers principal means of securing information about potential hires from sources other than the applicants themselves. A background investigation generally involves determining whether an applicant may be unqualified for a position due to a record of criminal conviction, motor vehicle violations, poor credit history, or misrepresentation regarding education or work history. A reference check generally involves contacting applicants’ former employers, supervisors, co-workers and educators to verify previous employment and to obtain information about the individual’s knowledge, skills, abilities and character.

REASONS FOR CONDUCTING A BACKGROUND CHECK
A major reason to conduct background and reference checks is to avoid harm or legal liability of various types to the employer or to others. This includes harm to:
• Other employees by sexual harassment or workplace violence.
• The organization’s customers , for example, sexual assault on business premises.
• The public by negligent driving.
• The employer’s business through financial loss or image and reputational issues.
Defense of legal claims, such as negligent hiring, is a compelling reason to conduct in-depth criminal records searches of job applicants. A multilevel jurisdictional criminal records search can be strong evidence that the employer exercised due care in hiring.

MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY
Hire the best and reject the rest, the saying goes. Typically, past performance is a strong indicator of future performance and can reveal an individual’s professionalism, productivity, job skills and interpersonal communication abilities. A reference check helps distinguish between a true high flier and a mere poser.

DATA VERIFICATION
Verifying the information provided by the applicant regarding his or her education and credentials, employer history, tenure, and other data will not only confirm required qualifications but can provide some insight into the applicant’s reliability and motivation. According to a 2018 HireRight report, 85 percent of employers surveyed uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process—up from 66 percent five years ago.
With the reasons above carrying out a due diligence on your new hires will save your organization a great deal and having that peace of mind in running your business.

This leaves us with a question: As a business owner do you do due diligence when hiring employees? Your thoughts!!!

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by hofeshhomes: 9:59am On Jul 06
This can not be over emphasized.

For us as a real estate company, we understand the importance of background checks.

For example, we have seen cases when people lied about what they do for a living. Some would say, "IT specialist", " lawyer" etc. But by the time we give them forms to fill and do due deligence on such persons, we find out they lied, some even have pending court cases with their former landlords in court because they lived for some years and refused to pay.

Some where even unemployed, as evidenced when a landlord rented a house to a young man who lied he was a Music business boss. The young man was always in the compound, and even owed the next rent.

To remove stress from landlords and landladies, they should hand over renting or sale of the properties to real estate companies like us. It takes away stress from you while getting returns on your investment as at when due.

In Nigeria now that insecurity is worrying, doing background checks on tenants, especially, is good because you can rent your house to a person that is into criminal activities and when the person is arrested, some times, the landlords are arrested with them.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by brosom(m): 9:59am On Jul 06
Long thing for people wey get employees,

We na single self employed cool.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by saphiere(f): 10:00am On Jul 06
Nicerazor:
WHY YOU SHOULD CONDUCT BACKGROUND CHECKS

There are large numbers of applicants who are searching for jobs with questionable characters this leads us to the question ‘ How well do you know your employee or prospective hire?
Often times we leave our children, wards, properties, businesses at the mercy of people to take care of them without knowing who they are or if they are really who they say they are. How well do you know your domestic staff like your child’s nanny, house maid, your driver, your security guards or your new hire in the workplace?

Background investigations and reference checks are employers principal means of securing information about potential hires from sources other than the applicants themselves. A background investigation generally involves determining whether an applicant may be unqualified for a position due to a record of criminal conviction, motor vehicle violations, poor credit history, or misrepresentation regarding education or work history. A reference check generally involves contacting applicants’ former employers, supervisors, co-workers and educators to verify previous employment and to obtain information about the individual’s knowledge, skills, abilities and character.

REASONS FOR CONDUCTING A BACKGROUND CHECK
A major reason to conduct background and reference checks is to avoid harm or legal liability of various types to the employer or to others. This includes harm to:
• Other employees by sexual harassment or workplace violence.
• The organization’s customers , for example, sexual assault on business premises.
• The public by negligent driving.
• The employer’s business through financial loss or image and reputational issues.
Defense of legal claims, such as negligent hiring, is a compelling reason to conduct in-depth criminal records searches of job applicants. A multilevel jurisdictional criminal records search can be strong evidence that the employer exercised due care in hiring.

MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY
Hire the best and reject the rest, the saying goes. Typically, past performance is a strong indicator of future performance and can reveal an individual’s professionalism, productivity, job skills and interpersonal communication abilities. A reference check helps distinguish between a true high flier and a mere poser.

DATA VERIFICATION
Verifying the information provided by the applicant regarding his or her education and credentials, employer history, tenure, and other data will not only confirm required qualifications but can provide some insight into the applicant’s reliability and motivation. According to a 2018 HireRight report, 85 percent of employers surveyed uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a candidate’s resume or job application during the screening process—up from 66 percent five years ago.
With the reasons above carrying out a due diligence on your new hires will save your organization a great deal and having that peace of mind in running your business.

This leaves us with a question: As a business owner do you do due diligence when hiring employees? Your thoughts!!!
Nice write up.

The FUTURE is FEMALE

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by harsysky(m): 10:00am On Jul 06
Shebi na people wey see job dem go conduct background check for. Infact, background checks are for the poor. Imagine politician pikin wey don rape, kill, who go conduct for am when ein use long leg get job


Op, the title should read, " Background check for the poor is necessary"

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by maxwelloweezy(m): 10:00am On Jul 06
Nice write up
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Hotzone(m): 10:00am On Jul 06
Did u mention their social media handle, those promoting online crises and terrorism

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by bigdammyj: 10:01am On Jul 06
Noted
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by GraceofGod2: 10:01am On Jul 06
Encouraging
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by chineyerekoson: 10:02am On Jul 06
angry nice abi oh
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by uniqueboi1(m): 10:02am On Jul 06
As long as the cost is on the checking party. I'm good.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Offpoint1: 10:02am On Jul 06
Just what you do, don't be a prick to your employees... This is one reason employees will ever harbour bad though towards their employers.

That's my advise to employers
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Joshintua(m): 10:03am On Jul 06
It necessary atimes but shouldn’t be too in-depth for privacy purpose.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by tojahh(m): 10:03am On Jul 06
Don't check their Nairaland Handle o

You will be disappointed grin

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by TalkTalkTwins(m): 10:03am On Jul 06
ok
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by wpadmin: 10:04am On Jul 06
Data of people/citizens is almost non existent in Nigeria.

How can an employer access police reports and all?

For reference, i have seen people who use family members or friends as reference.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by 900warriorz(m): 10:04am On Jul 06
Where were me not where? cheesy

Mr. Where were wear tongue

Osinbajo no go kill me with laugh o

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by 24kmagic: 10:04am On Jul 06
All these thorough Investigations for how much? 50k!

No wahala.

I will soon change my own story.

I hate the idea of CV now more than ever.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by peppermint7(m): 10:05am On Jul 06
Honestly speaking I am Seeing, Why you should conduct background check on your new tires
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Dahunsipaul(m): 10:06am On Jul 06
How can I do this background check?

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Triangles1(m): 10:06am On Jul 06
Good one
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by 4tomandchi: 10:07am On Jul 06
sad
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by DoggoneDogg: 10:08am On Jul 06
I did serious background check on my househelp. Till today, I'm still doing background check because her background is just too big.

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by MiddleDimension: 10:08am On Jul 06
So people with a record of conviction cannot be hired?

In life, I have SEEN SO MANY CASES, AND ALL TOO MANY, NOT TO TAKE JUSTICE SYSTEMS SERIOUSLY!

These cases involve bigotry, ego, politics and ignorance on the part of so-called disciplinary panel and judges.

Even if someone has done wrong, we should not hire them even after they have served the punishment for it?

After someone has served punishment for a supposed wrong, all things should now become new!

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by BarrElChapo(m): 10:10am On Jul 06
Was there a background check done on Tinubu, the late kashamu et al angry

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Kobicove(m): 10:12am On Jul 06
MiddleDimension:
So people with a record of conviction cannot be hired?

In life, I have SEEN SO MANY CASES, AND ALL TOO MANY, NOT TO TAKE JUSTICE SYSTEMS SERIOUSLY!

These cases involve bigotry, ego, politics and ignorance on the part of so-called disciplinary panel and judges.

Even if someone has done wrong, we should not hire them even after they have served the punishment for it?

After someone has served punishment for a supposed wrong, all things should now become new!

I will not hire someone who was convicted of fraud or sacked from a previous place of employment for committing fraud even if he has served his punishment!

Once a thief always a thief!

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Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by Nobody: 10:14am On Jul 06
Sadly even the police can't provide an independent accurate history's on people these days. Nigeria own must be extra tricky
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by pode(m): 10:15am On Jul 06
It is well that is all I can say for now
Re: Why You Should Conduct Background Checks On Your New Hires by kingthreat(m): 10:17am On Jul 06
Most kidnap plans are from employed staff. Overdo background check sef.

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