Employment & Employment Gap Checks

Employment screening and gap checksCredence Background Screening provide a full range of personal, professional and employment checks. If you can’t see the checks you’re looking for, or are unsure which you need, please get in contact.

Employment References

Before commencement of the reference checking procedure, we firstly verify if the information provided by the candidate is legitimate i.e. the company does exist, the referee is employed by that company in the position stated and all phone numbers and email addresses provided have been proven to be bona-fide. Once we have verified the information provided, we contact the company seeking to obtain the HR or referencing team’s contact details. In all cases we shall follow the former employer’s referencing procedures. Wherever possible all references will be obtained in writing, however, if this is clearly not possible, the reference will be obtained by the next best means possible, either via email or the telephone. When a candidate has been self-employed we would seek to verify this period via their accountant or HMRC records. We can conduct as many references on an individual as you require covering any period of time. Our extensive in-house language capabilities mean we can conduct employment references in any country.

Turnaround time: 10-15 working days


Employment Gap Checks

When conducting gap checks we aim to ensure that we have sufficient evidence to determine what the candidate has been doing within that gap period. The most common form of gap reference is to obtain written confirmation from a professional referee or a character referee who knew the candidate during the gap period in question. This person is known as a gap referee. If a candidate has been travelling we can also view their passport to obtain any stamps of entry which they may have obtained. Periods of unemployment where a candidate has been claiming benefits would be confirmed via a Jobcentre Plus summary letter or other government source.

Turnaround time: 10-15 working days


Personal & Professional References

Personal and professional references aim to provide an insight into the candidate’s general character. The personal reference can be obtained from a person who is over the age of 18 years, has known the candidate for 5 years or more and who is unrelated.

We can also obtain references from a line manager or other senior member of staff from a current or previous employment. Due to policies at employers, these may be given as “personal references”. A series of set questions probing such areas as performance, ability, relationships and communication skills will be asked.

Turnaround time: 10-15 working days

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