Social Media Screening: The Accelerating Trend in Eliminating Potential Hiring Risks

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When you screen prospective staff, what checks do you use?

Have you considered social media screening?

When asked that question, most people will often find it an odd request.

I mean, surely that would be inappropriate? After all, what someone does in their private life should really have no bearing on their professional life, right? Plus, is that even legal?

There are a lot of misconceptions about social media vetting, but it is fast becoming the most important service you can run when screening prospective staff. At a time when most companies will not issue negative references and when criminal convictions are becoming less accessible, more and more organisations are turning to social media checks to avoid bad hires and thereby protect their staff, their clients and their reputations.

Join our webinar as we take a deep dive in to the cutting-edge world of social media screening, including:

  • Social media screening - myths busted!
  • The impacts of social media screening
  • Social media screening in 2022 – an increasing growing trend when businesses conduct background checks
  • How to improve your social media screening process or even to get started
  • What’s in a social media screening report and best practices by businesses?
Adam Burgess
Client Director


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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