When vetting a potential new employee the best practice is to conduct a thorough and comprehensive employment background check this background check of course includes the obvious criminal check but it is important to also verify and confirm the employment and education that a candidate presents on his/her resume.
Unfortunately some candidates do embellish, falsify and sadly flat out lie on their resumes thinking that the employment and education will not be verified. This is not only true for domestic employment and education but also for International employment and education.
Many times candidates believe a potential employer will not check their international employment and education. They may give themselves a “promotion” on paper or may claim a higher degree in order to improve their chance of landed a desired job position. When you order an international verification from your Background Screen Company provide them with as much information as you can i.e. Employer Name, Contact Number, Job Title Provided and Dates of Employment. With an International education verification information should be provided such as the candidate’s name while attending the college/university, date of birth, the complete name of the University the candidate attended included the campus location, the degree awarded, major, dates of enrollment, date degree was conferred and a copy of the degree/transcript with a signed consent form as many International Universities require the signed consent of the past student and degree copy.
International employment verifications typically take 3-5 business days but international education verifications may take 5 business days up to 14 business days. For some regions it can be longer. For that reason it is important to arm your Background Check Company with as much information on the candidate and their history as possible at the time of the request. International schools do not keep records as well as schools in the United States and often have to go through paper records hence for the longer turnaround time as well International schools close for extended periods of time through Holidays and during the summer which can extend the turnaround time.
Although it may seem burdensome to have your Background Check Company complete international employment and education verification because of the longer turnaround time it is important you know who you are hiring and leaving out this aspect of the background check would be ill advised. A candidate may not have a criminal record but if he/she falsifies information on their resume it can raise red flags for your HR Department as to the character of the candidate. Doing your due diligence is important when hiring an employee and with the global market that due diligence now extends past the border of the United States.