What Do High-Quality Candidates Look For In A New Employer?

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Financial Hiring Trends Report of 2023

Job seekers choose a new job not because of the salary or job title but because of the employer’s brand and how the company works. A study by Korn Ferry shows 73 per cent of respondents said that doing a job that has meaning and purpose was the most important thing that made them happy at work. They are also more likely to choose companies that give them the chance to use all of their skills.

Here are the key factors that high-quality candidates look out for:

Alignment to personal values

Find candidates who say they want to work for a company because it fits who they are and what they do well.

They are more likely to be good at the job, and fit a progressive growing culture.

Opportunity to do what they are good at

Listen for candidates who talk about what they like about a job right away, paying attention to how they talk about improving other people's lives and taking on expected and additional job responsibilities

They want to work for the best companies

Companies should adopt a positive employer branding strategy, coupled with active engagement and listening, and encouraging their current and former employees to submit their reviews.

Ability to learn and grow

Ensure that individual development is on top of your list, and have suitable L&D resources necessary to support your employees to improve their hard and soft skills

Seeking a great culture

There are many ways to build a great culture. Some of them include emphasizing employee wellness, connecting meaning to work, encouraging positivity, and fostering social connections.

A systematic and individualized approach

To get good candidates, hiring managers need to know what draws them to a job or a company, and they need to use a systematic way to find them. Hiring managers also need to learn how to differentiate high-quality candidates based on the way they answer or handle the job interviews.


What background check do I need?

This depends on the industry and type of role you are recruiting for. To determine whether you need reference checks, identity checks, bankruptcy checks, civil background checks, credit checks for employment or any of the other background checks we offer, chat to our team of dedicated account managers.

Why should employers check the background of potential employees?

Many industries have compliance-related employment check requirements. And even if your industry doesn’t, remember that your staff have access to assets and data that must be protected. When you employ a new staff member you need to be certain that they have the best interests of your business at heart. Carrying out comprehensive background checking helps mitigate risk and ensures a safer hiring decision.

How long do background checks take?

Again, this depends on the type of checks you need. Simple identity checks can be carried out in as little as a few hours but a worldwide criminal background check for instance might take several weeks. A simple pre-employment check package takes around a week. Our account managers are specialists and can provide detailed information into which checks you need and how long they will take.

Can you do a background check online?

All Veremark checks are carried out online and digitally. This eliminates the need to collect, store and manage paper documents and information making the process faster, more efficient and ensures complete safety of candidate data and documents.

What are the benefits of a background check?

In a competitive marketplace, making the right hiring decisions is key to the success of your company. Employment background checks enables you to understand more about your candidates before making crucial decisions which can have either beneficial or catastrophic effects on your business.

What does a background check show?

Background checks not only provide useful insights into a candidate’s work history, skills and education, but they can also offer richer detail into someone’s personality and character traits. This gives you a huge advantage when considering who to hire. Background checking also ensures that candidates are legally allowed to carry out certain roles, failed criminal and credit checks could prevent them from working with vulnerable people or in a financial function.

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