Basic checks for recruitment firms and HR departments

[DURBAN, South Africa, 03 June 2014] – With legislation and regulation increasing hiring criteria, the list of background checks is getting longer and it is becoming harder to understand what checks need to be conducted in your business to ensure you are protecting yourself and your company against reputational and financial risk.


“Each industry requires its own check list but there are a few checks that should be a non-negotiable when vetting any candidate walking through your door,” says Greg Brown, Director: Risk Management & Compliance Solutions at LexisNexis South Africa.


Brown, who heads up LexisNexis Risk Management, a leading background screening and due diligence solutions business, said these include:


  • ID Verification: A simple ID verification will confirm if the person is who they say they are by validating that the ID has been issued by the Department of Home Affairs and that the algorithm found in that ID number is correct.
  • Fraud listing: A quick South African Fraud Prevention Services check will ensure the ID number of the person provided has never been involved in fraudulent activity.
  • Criminal Checks:  Checks conducted using fingerprints are the most accurate as they cannot be tampered with and are screened directly against the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, thus protecting you against adding a fraudster or a thief to your candidate portfolio.
  • Matric Verification: The matric qualification is one of the most frequently presented fraudulent qualifications listed on a CV. Many candidates themselves do not understand what is on their certificates and claim to have a matric qualification where only a subject certificate exists.

Credit checks, while a vital part of the recruitment process, should only be used in certain circumstances. The National Credit Regulator defines the purpose for the use of credit reports clearly. Only a person applying for a position that involves trust and the handling of cash and finances should be vetted using a credit report. You should fully understand what you are looking for on the credit report when using it for background screening purposes.

Additional generic searches also exist for enhanced vetting purposes such as professional driving permits for those with company vans and driving company trucks. There are also professional membership searches for professionals registered to industry bodies like the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the country’s law societies.

Brown said background screening tools are becoming more accessible to the recruitment process, with searches being available online as and when they are needed.

He adds: “Don't let the list of screening options overwhelm you. Speak to a background screening professional and ensure you are meeting your legal obligations and protecting your business.”

For more information on background screening and other solutions offered by LexisNexis Risk Management, contact (011)2456500; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

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