Uncovering criminal records behind employee CVs through media search

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Uncovering criminal records behind employee CVs through media search

media searchIn today’s world of hiring, it is crucial to obtain deep insight into the backgrounds of candidates. This is because most companies want to ensure that they are hiring individuals who are trustworthy and have a good track record.

A CV (curriculum vitae) is an important document that provides information about a candidate’s experience, skills, and education. However, what if behind an outstanding CV, lies a criminal record that employers need to be aware of?

Media search: digging deeper into digital information

As technology evolves in the digital era, more people leave digital footprints. Their social media activities such as posts, interactions, and comments, even news about them, blog articles, or various other public information can be taken into account by employers.

How a media search can uncover criminal records

Media searches allow employers to conduct a deeper examination of candidates, where any relevant data found can be carefully sorted and analyzed.

For example, during a media search, we may stumble upon a candidate featured in a public news story about a criminal case. We then proceed to the next step, which is to conduct further examination and verification of its accuracy and ensure that it is actually related to that candidate. We also need to examine the status or involvement of the candidate in the case, whether the candidate is a suspect, plaintiff, defendant, or witness.

In other cases, for example, we may discover that a candidate was possibly related to a theft case based on a record that surfaced during a media search. To ensure its accuracy, this information must then be verified by searching through the court’s public website. Based on the verification, we can then confirm whether the individual was indeed involved in the case, with imprisonment as the final sentence.

According to the information provided above, the company can then decide whether to proceed with the recruitment process or not. If the recruitment process continues as the candidate is actually qualified, the company can take anticipatory measures by not placing the candidate in a high-risk position, such as finance, procurement, or purchasing.

Special skills required

Conducting a media search, including a follow-up criminal record check, is not as simple as one can imagine. It requires special skills, experience, guidance, and professionalism, as filtering and analyzing the information obtained from a media search is time-sensitive and resource-intensive. Additionally, media searches for background screening must comply with the applicable laws and regulations, which are mainly related to consent, personal data protection, and relevance of other information.

Integrity Asia can assist your company in conducting comprehensive checks to verify whether applicants meet your employment requirements. Through media search combined with other screening methods, your company can get a fuller picture of your applicants’ backgrounds to make wiser decisions and minimize the risk of hiring individuals who might be unsuitable or problematic in the future.


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