International background checks: what employers should know

increasingly diverse world of employment, international backgrounds are becoming more and more common. The background screening world has yet to catch up with the  globalization of employment, though. International background checks are complex and notoriously difficult to carry out.

What’s included?

Each country has its own set of laws, documentation required may be different. and some countries even prohibit any agencies from obtaining records. Due to these constraints, international background checks can take anywhere from 10-20 days (sometimes more) to complete. Since there isn’t a global database that allows employers to review an applicant’s information, international background checks consist of checking records country by country where the applicant has lived or worked. It’s a time-intensive process. There are also no set rules for what’s included, but generally the check will focus on:
  • Criminal records
  • Education verification
  • Employment verification
  • References

Best practices

Here are some best practices we recommend keeping in mind for international background checks: Create a clear process Employers often cut corners when it comes to international verification due to the significant time investment. A clear process will help protect both the recruiter and the company against claims of discrimination or negligence in hiring, and ensure a consistent approach to these checks throughout your organization. Prepare to be patient Simply put, international background checks will take significantly more time than local or national background checks. Unless you’re a seasoned recruiter, the process itself will take longer given the nuances to these types of checks. Additionally, getting access to records in other countries can take a lot longer given different laws around public records and privacy. Get help A company may not have the in-house resources or the expertise to carry out international background verifications. Even if you do, bringing on experts who specialize in these types of checks can prove a valuable move. They’ll improve the speed of the process and the accuracy of the resulting background checks. Get in touch today to learn more about how MYB can help your business with international background checks.]]>

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