White collar crime in South Africa has gone wild. Jeff miller acting CEO of Fraud check says it is vital for companies to conduct pre-employment screening of applicants before appointing them.
Has the applicant got a valid ID no, has the applicant got a criminal record, defaults or judgements against their names? Do they have the qualifications that they purport to have? Do they have a valid drivers license? These are a few of the imperative issues that an employer’s needs to know prior to employing an applicant.
Employers are not being thorough enough when making employment decisions. Taking short cuts generally land up in tears and huge financial loss to the company.
Miller says by conducting a pretty inexpensive pre-employment screening for each potential employee and making it mandatory as part of the hiring process will save the company hundreds of thousands of rands in the long run.
Applicants are required to sign a simple consent form, so prospective employers can verify the necessary information. The Employer would log onto the FraudCheck web portal and be able to verify the information seamlessly and in real time.
Miller says that such a quick, simple and inexpensive discipline would save companies lots of money in recruitment fees, training costs and reduce the potential risks of fraud and theft.