If the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how advanced and evolved our lives might be – there are fundamental components of life which are at its core. Think about health, sanitation and security. Security, whether it’s as an employee or an employer, means personal stability but also safeguarding a family or an organisation. It’s an element of life and business which has always existed and always will.
As the nature of the working world changes, unemployment soars and recruitment processes transition – security needs to remain intact. Organisations need to be confident about who they’re hiring, and verification is the best way to do that.
Checks are common in all industries and most jobs, from menial to managerial. Whatever the colour of the collar, verifying the candidates’ applications has become a major requirement but it doesn’t need to be a major hurdle.
Indeed, verification should be seen as helpful rather than a hindrance to the recruitment process. It’s a valuable tool in pre-employment background checks, empowering organisations to assess the fundamentals of a candidate, gaining insights into their honesty and integrity before interviewing them.
An overview of verifications
Firstly, there are many types of checks to consider such as: education, employment, professional licenses and professional certificates. They are all important, but some will matter more to different types of businesses. Hundreds of thousands of candidates apply for jobs every year with fabricated qualifications and falsified education histories. They essentially exaggerate or lie about their achievements in order to position themselves for a job.
It’s worth stating, however, that often the candidates themselves are duped into believing an institution is legitimate when they aren’t. The question of who’s to blame is less important – what matters is that your organisation has strong verification procedures in place to prevent it happening during your recruitment process.
56% of employers have detected employees with bogus credentials and embellished resumes – CareerBuilder, 2015
Verification puts any questions to rest by validating records of candidates worldwide. Verification software and service providers must therefore have extensive global coverage in order to meet the demands of an increasingly international employment market. It doesn’t matter where your candidate is coming from or which institution they claim to have graduated from, you should be able to find it and verify it.
In education verification, fake and unapproved institutions are known as Diploma Mills. A quick search of ‘Diploma Mills’ on Google will let you know how serious the situation is globally. They operate in a sophisticated way which makes them seem genuine and legitimate, often duping the people who enrol.
More than 50,000 PhD’s are purchased from Diploma Mills every year – The New York Times, 2015
3 key reasons why verification is important:
- Many employees obtain their degrees from places far and wide, this means it’s tougher to immediately assess the legitimacy of the claim. You need verification in place to investigate thoroughly.
- If your employee doesn’t have the correct certificates or licensing to do their job the legal and financial ramifications for your organisation could be devastating.
- If you hire someone who turns out to not be qualified, you will cost your organisation a lot of wasted time and money on the wrong person.
- Protect your reputation. Imagine an unqualified candidate became an employee, was assigned to a client and then ruined your relationship with that client. That stain on your company’s reputation will stick around for a long time.
Is there anything new in the world of Verification?
There certainly have been evolutions and innovations over the years. At Qualification Check we have worked hard to make verification as simple as possible for every kind of organisation. Our service offers comprehensive verification of multiple types of checks with global coverage. We’ve worked hard to streamline the process, making it simpler, faster and more reliable than ever. Our multi-lingual team is also on hand to offer friendly support and help our clients get what they need with ease.
We’ve also created something rather spectacular for institutions, professional bodies and qualification providers. Our AutoVerify software makes a complex verification process fast, easy and stress-free. It conveniently arranges all your incoming verification requests in one centralised place, so you haven’t got to juggle multiple points of contact.
With AutoVerify Pro, the verifications are processed automatically without human intervention. The Lite version gives you more control but with the ease of everything being organised for you and simplified. Either option makes education eerification much more efficient.
To conclude, verification is evidently an increasingly important part of a business’ recruitment process. The process should be performed properly, thoroughly and with expert assistance from a verification specialist with global coverage. Save your company’s time, money and reputation with high quality, reliable verification.