By Maria Taylor, Investigation Analyst, Wymoo International
Hiring new employees is always a risky business, but when you`re looking for foreign talent the risks are even greater.Private investigators estimate the chances of a bad hire are nearly 5 to 10 times greater than when hiring locally, depending on the specific country. This doesn’t mean that there are more bad people overseas necessarily, but it simply reflects the fact that verifying an individual in another country is no easy task.Most human resource and hiring managers lack the investigative skills and resources to properly mitigate international hiring risk.
When hiring locally in the U.S. or U.K., for example, it can be straightforward to check criminal and court records, run a credit check, and make some calls to verify past employment and education.But, let’s say the candidate you’re hiring will run your new manufacturing facility in India or China, or even West Africa. Maybe you found the perfect portfolio manager for your new banking division in New York, but the candidate lives and works in Tokyo, and previously worked in Russia, and you don’t speak Japanese or Russian! How can you be sure the candidate’s work history, reputation, education and past performance is accurate and is as stated on the resume?
International private investigators are in demand these days for this specific reason. Hiring someone from or in a foreign country can be complicated. International background checks are professional investigations conducted by experienced investigators, who are on the ground in the country or city where you need them They speak the language and have access to local records, and can help minimize your risk and verify the facts when hiring overseas. As many have learned, making a bad hire or being a victim of fraud or scam can be a costly mistake.
Here are some situations in which an international background check will help:
1. Don’t Be Fooled by the Perfect Resume. These days most employers, hiring managers and recruiters start the job search online. Don’t be fooled by the perfect profile and resume on the internet. Experienced criminals on down to normal individuals can and do lie, exaggerate or otherwise provide false information on resumes and CV’s. In some cases, actual resumes can be copied or stolen. When you try to verify the perfect candidate, you might find everything checks out. An experienced investigator, however, might uncover during a background check or due diligence that the resume is stolen or fake.
2. Don’t Forget to Check Listed and Unlisted References. You might have guessed that most references normally check out. That’s why most reputable investigation companies not only check listed references, but also check independent sources discreetly. This serves as valuable information pertaining to performance and reputation.
3. Hiring a Fraud or False Resume is a Costly Mistake. You might have a rough time trying to verify certifications and licenses, or making sure the person behind the resume is who he or she claims to be. What about legal status and visa procedures? Is the passport and visa sample authentic? Hiring managers can spend weeks reviewing resumes and conducting interviews. The hiring process can be costly even when it’s done right, and you do find the right professional for the job.Bringing a fraud or criminal into your organization can be devastating, and can result in a lawsuit or even bankruptcy.
4. Checking Criminals Records is Not a Background Check. Perhaps in the U.S. you’ve been told that checking criminal records is a “background check”. While it is a common misconception by human resources personnel, nothing could be further from the truth. Osama bin Laden himself had no criminal record. The truth is, most con artists, criminals and scammers have no criminal record. If you’re dealing with a developing country like India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Russia, the Philippines, China, Brazil and so on, there is no national database where you can quickly search for records that you need. Real risk mitigation, and real background checks require real investigators.
5. Don’t Pretend to Be a Private Investigator. If you’re a hiring manager in New York or Chicago, and you’re looking to hire an IT professional from India, or an executive from Tokyo, or a commodities trader from Moscow, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Due diligence and background check investigations utilize trained professionals on the ground where you need them, who speak the language, have access to local records, and can verify information and facts at the local level, in a discreet manner. Most investigators have experience in military or law enforcement and have years of training and experience in identifying red flags for clients. Be safe, hire a professional.
About the Author: Maria Taylor is an Investigation Analyst for Wymoo® International, a professional private investigation firm based in Florida, specializing in international background checks, private investigation and due diligence. Visit the company website at www.wymoo.com.