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Social Media Screening

Social Media Screening

It’s common knowledge that many employers will Google a candidate’s name, or search for them on Facebook to decide whether they are the sort of person who fits with their company. What’s perhaps less known is that a 2017 survey revealed that 36% of employers in the UK discounted a candidate because of what they saw on their Instagram, Facebook,…

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How To Spot a Dodgy Job Application

How To Spot a Dodgy Job Application

With an increasingly busy jobs market, employers are often faced with hundreds of applications for every position. It’s quite a task to sort through all of the applications and work out which ones are worth inviting to interview. With a high number of applications containing at best exaggerations and at worst downright lies, how do you spot a dodgy application…

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Medical Screening for Staff Members

Medical Screening for Staff Members

Asking about people’s health and well-being is something which has been in the news often recently, with coverage of whether it is appropriate or not to ask staff about whether or not they have had their Covid-19 vaccination. At the pre-employment stage, employers often shy away from asking any questions about health, absence due to sickness or disability out of…

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Employment Screening Jargon

Employment Screening Jargon

Every industry sector has its own vocabulary and jargon. If you’re not up to date with all the different phrases and expressions used, then it’s easy to get lost in confusion about what is actually being said. We’ve put together a handy glossary to help explain some of the most common phrases in plain English. DBS – DBS stands for…

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

Easy Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

Credit checking is becoming increasingly common in pre-employment checking for a wider range of occupations than ever. Employers do require your consent to run a credit check, and it is usually a strategy for employers in the financial services or insurance industries. A credit check under these circumstances isn’t about seeing how you spend your money or looking at whether…

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Does Checking My Credit Score Make it Lower?

Does Checking My Credit Score Make it Lower?

If you’re looking for a job in financial services, or in other positions where you have access to client accounts or money, then it’s standard practice to have a credit check before starting work. Credit checking as part of pre-employment checks is about weeding out potential employees who are in a serious financial mess, one severe enough which could tempt…

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Consent for Pre-Employment Checks

Consent for Pre-Employment Checks

Most employers will conduct pre-employment checks on people who are applying to work with their company. The process varies but will almost certainly include a right to work check, along with checks into everything from social media use to credit checking. There aren’t many rules and laws around pre-employment checks, but one generally accepted policy is to get consent from…

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Chasing References Effectively

Chasing References Effectively

It’s a buyers’ market when it comes to job hunting at the moment, with dozens – or even hundreds – of people applying for each vacancy, how do you weed out the people who are worth employing from the ones who don’t make the grade? Recruitment is expensive and time-consuming, and making the wrong decision can leave you with other…

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