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Pre-employment Screening Model You Can Trust

It is obvious that companies must check candidates’ employment history more often than

ever before. For instance, you would not like to employ a person who steal money for his/ her

own use. Hence, you need to screen him/ her prior to their employment. As every business,

your long term goal is to reduce costs and prevent any potential threats of candidates “nicking

stuff”. On the other hand, it may not always be easy to discover candidates’ past criminal

activity. The good news is that there are steps which can be taken to examine an employee

during his/ her screening.

In brief summary, this pre-employment screening model (developed by Maier) includes the

following four stages:

• Plan: identify the extent of background check and make clear what warning signals


• Search: look for adequate data, examine its quality and reliability.

• Loop: arrange a face-to-face interview with the employee and discuss further any

negative notes or evidence obtained.

• Decide: after a careful examination of all the information available, you should make

decision whether you employ this candidate or not.

Finally, as stated by Maier, if you decide not to employ this person in the end, there should be

a procedure in place how senior management may overrule your advice, if not, screening

process will not be plausible. Maier also recommends to get in touch with other three

different company representatives who may make a decision why you should employ this

individual regardless of its negative findings. But they must provide you with a reason for

this conclusion and they must be fully accountable for any incidents which may occur in the


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