Pre-employment screening by Private detective agencies

“Trust” is a five letter word but its value is far greater than that. In business, trust acts as a significant element for taking important decisions.  When you trust someone you prefer them more than others and you truly believe in their capabilities. On that note, let us ask think about something.

  When it comes to today’s world, can we trust others easily?

The answer is “NO”. Everybody is not the same, so one has to take important steps to completely verify the authenticity of a person before forming any kind of association with them. In our cooperate world, when it comes to employing someone new in the organization, a lot of factors are necessary to be looked into for the purpose of confirmation.

So, this is our main subject of this blog post – “PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING”.  Let’s see more about this.


Pre-employment screening simply means conducting a complete verification of the potential candidates before hiring them in important positions of an organization.

We all know that employees are a driving force behind an organization’s performance therefore one has to be extremely careful while hiring new employees. Employees should be up to the standards because their actions will impact the performance of the organization in one way or other.

Under Pre-employment screening, we mainly investigate on the following aspects:-

  • Details about the candidate’s identity
  • Education qualifications
  • Records about previous employment and experience gained by the candidate
  • Criminal Background (if any)
  • Details about the candidate’s family
  • Other necessary information relating to the candidate

These details are important to get a complete picture about the overall personality and character of the candidate.

We know that every employer wants to employ a person who is reliable, skilled and capable of converting the objectives of the business into a reality. To hire such a person, a thorough pre- employment screening is a perfect tool.

For excelling in something, one needs to have a complete understanding about the concept. A professional detective agency like us (City Intelligence Pvt. Ltd.) have an experience of more than two decades with a wonderful track record of handling cases relating to pre-employment investigation.

Now, let’s have a look at the benefits provided by Pre-employment screening:-

Helps in proper assessment of selected candidates:-

You may come across huge number of people in a day, but if you had to evaluate them to know about their true self…How would you begin? By getting details about their identity isn’t it?

That is why pre-employment screening includes confirming the identity of the selected candidates. Verification of the candidate’s identity eventually helps to properly assess them. When a candidate becomes employee, he gets associated with the duties and responsibilities relating to his job. His efficiency rewards the entire business organisation and similarly, his mistakes affect the whole business. So, to avoid hiring people with deceitful purpose, pre-employment screening is a significant process for proper assessment of selected candidates.

Helps in reducing unwanted employee turnover:-

When faced with unwanted employee turnover, you may regret a lot about your past decisions and think that how you may have taken more efforts to choose the right person for the job. So, to deal with such situations, we would like to say that pre-employment screening is an efficient way to reduce unwanted employee turnover as under this process, essential details regarding the selected candidates are thoroughly verified and evaluated. Thus, by properly learning about your selected candidates for the job, you can make a better choice while choosing them in the beginning and in this way you can eventually avoid unwanted employee turnover in the future.

Helps in hiring qualified candidates with good character:-

As we have mentioned above, hiring employees for a job is a task with huge responsibility. Any kind of carelessness in this process can produce disastrous results. Under pre-employment screening, information relating to education qualification, previous experience and other information relating to a candidate is gathered so that overall assessment can be made regarding his ability and potential. Cross-checking his background information is helpful to get some idea about his character. In short, when the objective is to hire qualified candidates with good character, then pre-employment screening is the key to accomplish it.

Helps to ensure overall safety and security:-

Ensuring safety and security of the workplace is the most important objective for very employer. Therefore, when hiring a new employee it is crucial to verify all about his background including criminal history (if any) to know more about him. You don’t want a violent person who can cause disputes and initiate toxic mentality among other employees isn’t it? Pre-employment screening covers collecting all the important information relating to a person’s history including criminal history, so that a wise choice can be made while hiring new people. Therefore, it will not be wrong to say that pre-employment screening helps to ensure overall safety and security of the work place.

Importance of Post Employment Investigation : Private Detective Agency


In order to understand this subject more clearly, let’s begin with a small example: So let’s say Mr. A hires Mr. B in the accounts department. He even conducted a pre-employment investigation, which involved a thorough background check and other verification, before hiring him to be a part of his company. After six months or so, he finds out that Mr. B has been swindling huge amounts of cash from the company and window dressing the financial accounts according to his benefit.

In this situation, we all want to know the answer for the following questions from Mr. A:-

  • Why did you believe that, after conducting an interview and a thorough pre-employment investigation on the prospective employee, your duties regarding this aspect are over? Don’t you know that, proper management of a company is continuous process and not a one-time task ?
  • What made you so sure that a candidate who clears background screening will not commit any crime at all in the workplace, after being hired?

These are some of the questions, you should be thinking about too , if you wonder whether post employment investigation is necessary or not for your organization. Sadly, not only Mr. A but majority of people from the corporate world doesn’t give much attention to post employment investigation

Yes, you may have conducted a pre-employment investigation of the prospective employee in depth, which is great and a smart choice, but that is not enough.  Things change every day in our world and so do the people. Situations never remain the same, any good employee of today can be a threat for tomorrow, if he goes through a different kind of situation and you will be totally unaware of this whole scenario, if you fail to place your organization under scrutiny. This is what post- employment investigation aims to achieve.

By opting for post employment investigation, you can stay informed about the activities of your employees, on your absence.

People say that ignorance is bliss, but that is definitely not true in this regard. By conducting a post employment investigation, you can come out of the dark and know the truth behind your employee’s actions and most importantly, you can take effective steps in this regard, before it’s too late to do that.

Many private investigators are particularly skilled in the area of corporate investigation. One among them is City Intelligence Pvt. Ltd., which incorporates the  three step process under post employment investigation.

  • The first step involves providing plans and strategies which can be helpful to manage staff in a better way and to monitor their activities as discreetly as
  • Secondly, they provide the employers with various methods and specially designed procedures to keep an eye on any misconduct or breach of company rules and regulation by employees.
  • They also provide different techniques to the employers, which can be useful to maintain security of the company’s data base and its confidential information, so that the company never becomes a victim of snooping and eavesdropping by its competitors.

Many times, even pre-employment investigations are not done properly due to many reasons like unavailability of required information about the candidate’s past at that moment or simply due to human errors and much attention may not have been paid by you or by any other to confirm the genuineness and accuracy of the information provided by candidate.  So, what about them? Will you let them go unnoticed,  until you face some tragic consequences in your organisation due to their actions ?

That is why, you should understand that time to time check on the employees and their activities  is the best policy to survive in the corporate world. Corporate world is full of unpredictable threats and dangers, which will not always come from  outside the organisation.

You must have heard that ‘a stitch in time saves nine’, which means that a timely effort can save a lot of extra labor.  Don’t wait, opt for post employment investigation before it’s too late.