Archive for ‘Current Affairs’ Category

11
Nov

A couple of months ago Barry Nixon, an eminent figure in the background screening world, posted a fascinating article about discrimination and the difficult questions the background screening industry faces regarding its role in propagating it. It’s an excellent read and forces those of us who make our livelihood through the industry to challenge some topics we’d perhaps rather avoid. I was inspired by Barry’s examination of the US situation. This spurred me to take a look at the parallels…

11
Nov
Reference Checks and Automation: Proper usage
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  • automated reference checks . background screening . reference checks .

Referencing checking - one of the most critical parts of the hiring process. A key way for an employer to make sure they aren't making a mistake in their hiring decision. SkillSurvey released a study showing 86% of reference checks are made before a company extends an offer of employment. However, it's a time-consuming process. With increasing worries about candidates being who they say they are, companies are turning to deeper levels of screening. HR Dive published an article exploring…

27
Oct
Digital Fraud Protection and Consumer Trust: The Future
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  • background screening . consumer trust . digital fraud . digitalisation .

TransUnion has recently sponsored a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. This is a global survey of over 1,600 executives. The report hopes to gain an insight into their perspective of the rapid adoption of digitalisation by consumers as a result of COVID-19. It also examines the implications for digital fraud prevention and consumer trust. You can read the report here. The UK version of the report examines the opinions of 180 UK executives. It explores topics such as trends…

21
Oct
COVID-19 Safety: Communication, Collaboration and Trust
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  • company strategy . coronavirus . covid-19 . hr .

As economies reopen, North America, Europe and Asia are seeing their COVID-19 infection rates rise again, despite businesses thinking they had the virus under control, reports The HR Director. Concurrently, in the US alone, people are filing hundreds of employee vs employer lawsuits relating to the coronavirus. Local governments are steadily increasing the number of fines they hand out to companies in breach of COVID-19 measures. Workplaces have been actively taking physical anti-COVID measures (temperature checks, masks, restructured seating plans).…

14
Oct
Recruitment Fraud: Police warn about “Mystery Shopper” scam
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Times are hard, and fraudsters are targeting desperate job-seekers with recruitment scams. In London, the "Mystery Shopper" recruitment scam has already claimed 35 victims, who have lost over £51,000. The police have issued an alert here. Fraudsters are using recruitment sites to find potential marks. They then cold-call the victim, pretending to be an employee of a mobile phone network. They then explain that the "candidate" will need to complete a "mystery shopper" test as part of the recruitment process.…

09
Sep

Blockchain and Background Screening: The Implications If you're a believer, blockchain technology will revolutionize the banking process and the way we use currency. It may even revolutionize the essence of the commercial contract itself. Oh, and perhaps the background screening industry too, The blockchain essentially acts as a ledger. The blockchain tracks anything I buy or sell - and it can therefore establish ownership and provenance.  Through this, we can avoid dubious objects. The chance of the database being hacked…

25
Aug
COVID-19 crisis: A step towards new saving trends?
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COVID-19 crisis: A step towards new saving trends? People of every kind have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Jobs have been lost, salaries have lowered and many of us have had our personal savings severely damaged. As lockdown continues to be loosened and we are beginning to enter the “new normal,” people’s attention is turning away from health risks to economic implications. And it’s very clear that everyone has been impacted financially. A report from the latest Moneyfacts UK…

19
Aug

THE CLASS OF ‘2020’ – DON’T LET A FLAWED GRADING SYSTEM DAMAGE YOUR CAREER PROSPECTS FURTHER [caption id="attachment_2263" align="alignnone" width="558"] Photo: The Guardian[/caption] In August 2020, the UK academic exam results grading system for A-Levels, GCSEs and other work-related qualifications (e.g. BTEC) was in complete turmoil. It started with A-Level students’ grades being determined by a questionable algorithm, which led to 40% of results being unjustly downgraded. Following a government U-turn, it was decided that grades should be based on…

03
Aug

Social Media: Fake profiles and seemingly legitimate information This article illustrates just how easy it can be for people to create fake social media profiles. Even with information that seems completely legitimate, however. Read the article to find out how an overconfident CEO and a motivated PA managed to teach an entire business an important lesson in information security. It’s not every day you get challenged to hack a business leader. But when Jake Moore, a cyber security specialist at ESET, was…

29
Jul
Screening and remote recruiting
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Screening and remote recruiting: hiring blind or the personal touch Consider how internationally mobile the modern workforce is. Nonetheless, it’s not uncommon to hire someone you’ve never met in person when interviewing candidates relocating from abroad. However, social distancing has made this a reality for even domestic hiring businesses as interviews are made impossible. There are pros and cons to this aspect of the recruitment process. You lack the ability to make that instinctual “chemistry” judgment. The feeling of whether…

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