Thursday, September 16, 2010

Screening Timing


When we should contact the references, after we employ the candidate or before we interview? 


Screening in Viet Nam Tips

When recruiting employees, I have faced with the challenge about checking
candidate's reference. For foreigner boss, it's okay. But for Vietnamse
boss, may be due to culture, they are not often open to share their
assessment on candidate. In that case, what should I do ?

Based on your query, for cases whereby the HR person is not willing to give
information on the candidate, let them know that this is a background
screening process and that the candidate has given you consent to contact
them to provide reference. Let them know that you can show them a copy of
the candidate's signed Letter of Consent. This will give the employer more
confidence in giving you information. Furthermore, you can also let them
know that the candidate is waiting to be employed but they will not be able
to complete the employment process if the HR person is not willing to
provide references. This will affect the candidate's job application. This
may encourage the Employer to provide you the information you need.

(Sharon AIM pre employment screening session question)

What is your opinion?

Employee pre-Employment Screening

Last week I gave a presentation to AmCham Ho Chi Minh City and Am Cham HaNoi about pre-employment screening.  Over 100 people attended both sessions showing that there is an interest in this topic in Viet Nam.

At HR2B our screening service is designed to aggregate all legally available information about a person (with their consent) for the purpose of verifhying what the person has told us and the employer about their education and work experiences.
The way we do this is;

  • Contact directly to the educational institution to verify the university qualification;
  • Contact the previous employers HR to verify dates, job title and salary,
  • Contact directly to the previous employers line manager to verify achievements and personality factors
The report normally takes between 10 and 30 days to complete.  The slowest piece of information comes from the educational institutions.  Our staff have good relations with the larger universities in Ho Chi Minh City and HaNoi which speeds things up, however in other cities it may take some time.

The benefits to our customers of verification are;
  • one more channel of information about a person
  • minimize risk of making a poor recruitment
  • encourages all candidates to disclose truthful information.