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10.06.2019 : News

Employers: Why should you verify the status of a professional trade or accreditation?

Construction workers, engineers, technicians, teachers… nowadays, 20% of professions in Canada require a professional trade or a certification delivered by specific regulatory bodies in each province.

Hiring a candidate for a position requiring such accreditation requires companies to verify the status, the accuracy of the title of the trade and the legitimacy of the institution that delivered it.

Ensure that a candidate really has the skills required for a position

Some certifications are granted after many hours of training. Others, only after passing an exam. Certified candidates should therefore be able to perform tasks that others are unable to do. Without this specific knowledge that is essential to performing the functions assigned to them, the people hired could be literally useless to the organization. This is one of the reasons why some positions require an individual to hold a specific professional title.

A thorough background check, including a verification of professional certifications and credentials, confirms that the candidate is indeed certified or a member of a legitimate professional organization. This eliminates the risk that they lack the required skills.

Reduce the risk of work accidents

As mentioned above, a professional title comes with specific skills. These are linked to education, training, processes or methodologies that ensure everyone’s safety when applied. This is particularly true in sectors such as health and transport, where one wrong move can cause irreparable damage.

Employers are responsible for the safety of employees and customers. They therefore have a duty to be vigilant and ensure that the candidate they plan to hire is aware of the risks associated with the job and can reduce them to a minimum.

Maintain the credibility of your organization

An organization’s credibility is a very delicate matter. In this respect, claiming to have a valid licence to carry out certain contracts when this is not the case is not a risk worth running. Moreover, severe fines can result from these types of frauds.

To avoid losing public trust in their company, employers can therefore request a background check that will clearly demonstrate that the candidate has a valid licence, title or professional certification. In addition, this assessment will determine whether the professional association that granted the accreditation is trustworthy.

Want to verify that a candidate is certified or a member of a professional association?

Verifying professional titles and certifications is an excellent way to protect your company from any responsibility for hiring an uncertified person and, above all, to avoid hiring an unqualified candidate for the position.

Mintz Global Screening has an extensive contact network in professional associations around the world. These partnerships allow us to quickly verify an organization’s credibility and a candidate’s status. Contact us to quickly find out if an applicant actually holds the credentials and titles they claim to have.

09.07.2019 : News

Are background checks important for self-employed workers?

According to a recent study of the Canadian employment sector, nearly 45% of the Canadian workforce will be self-employed by 2020. These revealing figures show that an increasing number of companies are dealing with freelancers to perform a variety of tasks that are often essential to their operations. However, some organizations don’t pay as much attention to the hiring process for their freelancers as they do for hiring full-time employees…. Lire la suite »

10.06.2019 : News

How to prepare for a background check

Employers who conduct background checks on their candidates want to confirm certain information about them and make certain that they will be a good fit for the company and not pose any risk to their organization.
If you are in the top tier of candidates to fill a position, the hiring manager may want to conduct a background check before hiring you. Your work experience, education, references, verification of identity, criminal history or any relevant verification to the position you applied for may be reviewed as part of this process.
If you want to land the position, you should do everything possible to be adequately prepared for this potential situation. Find out how.


10.06.2019 : News

How can recruiters benefit from social media screening?

Before hiring a job candidate, there are several methods of checking if the individuals who present themselves are really who they claim to be. Among these methods is social media screening. When you decide to proceed with screening a candidate, social media can be a real gold mine of information and gives a unique glimpse in to how an applicant presents themselves outside a professional interview. Discover what benefits social media screening can bring to recruiters.