How can the pre-employment screening process help retailers?
Pre-employment screening checks can make all the difference in the retail industry. They safeguard employers against the risk of loss due to theft or fraud, as well as increasing the quality of the people they employ.
There are three main background checks that should be included in a retail recruitment policy to make sure that the people being employed are right for the job and pose no risk to the company and customers.
Read on to find out what these three checks are.
Applicant background check
The place to start when screening potential employees for a retail job is a comprehensive background check. This check will be able to tell a company whether their candidate has a history of any criminal activity.
The criminal history checks are crucial for highlighting any illegal activities that candidates may have been involved in, whatever they may be. Checks can cover extended periods of time and locations across the country, depending on how exhaustive a company wants the check to be, and can also cover areas where candidates have worked and lived.
It is up to the employer’s discretion as to whether the information they receive will affect the individual’s application, but it is important to know the background of a candidate before considering them for a position.
Credit history check
This check is also very important to include when screening a new candidate, since it can highlight whether a potential employee has any history of fraud, or if the candidate is in financial distress due to debt.
This check will look at both public and private databases for any bankruptcies, voluntary arrangements, decrees and County Court Judgements against a candidate. It is key to note, however, that a number of adverse economic factors that cause debt are largely out of the candidate’s control, according to Reed’s recent report.
While this may not seem like the most obvious of checks to include in a set of retail pre-employment checks, screening for drugs during the recruitment process is a good step to take.
This will help to ensure a safe shopping experience for customers and guarantee that employees will be able to carry out their roles without issue or affecting the image of the company that they’re working for.
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