When it’s hard to tell who’s on your side in the world, even in your own circle of friends and family, hiring someone with responsibility for your business, your reputation and your company’s bottom line requires a background check. Employee screening used to be a matter of pulling an arrest record and maybe a driving report.
Now, the need to look at a potential hire’s social networking profiles, known associates, outside business interests and other factors means that the average position, with limited fiscal responsibility, will still require a private investigator or the assistance of a police presence.
Accessing public records is something that most people can handle over the internet, but going beyond that to the real stuff can feel intimidating.
More than that, getting involved in social engineering, looking at social networks, and otherwise investigating the potential hire’s personal life can land an organization in hot water.
Making sure that your existing employees and executives are protected is part of your job, and one way to do that is to keep them far away from the underlying activities that have to take place to keep your company safe.
Hiring is a lot like starting a relationship. Making sure that you have the fit you think you do is part of the mating process. A good private eye can make sure what you think is true is actually what you’re getting.