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Follow this post interview checklist so you don't forget to check everything you need to

by , 16 May 2014
Approximately a third of all potential employees either exaggerate or lie outright on their CVs. That mean you have a one in three chance of hiring a liar.
But you have the power to prevent this. All you have to do is make sure that you've double checked the candidate's reference.
This sounds like it could be an admin nightmare. But not if you use this simple checklist to make sure you've checked everything you need to...

From A-Z, learn everything you need to know about HR : 
Assessments, conflict management, employment contracts, HR policies and procedures, motivation, required documents, training… The list goes on!
The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management is a practical tool designed to make your life easier by giving you quick solutions that are accurate and comply with the law! 

The 22 checks you should cover in a reference check

When doing a reference check, you may not check every single one of these points. This will depend on the position and how high profile it is, but it's still a good idea to cover as many as possible:
1. Criminal record;
2. Driver's licence and driving records;
3. Credit history;
4. Employment details;
5. Education records;
6. Qualifications;
7. Professional credentials and memberships;
8. Employment references;
9. Character references ;
10. Gaps in employment history;
11. Identity or passport numbers;
12. Address and telephone contact details;
13. Directorships;
14. Citizenship, immigration, or legal working status;
15. Open media searches;
16. Security clearance checks;
17. Litigation records;
18. Drug tests;
19. Psychometric testing;
20. Licensing, patent or copyright records;
21. Medical status; and
22. Military records.
To make the process even simpler, you can download our complete fspbusiness.co.za checklist here.
Just make sure you don't end up on the wrong side of the law while completing any of these checks.
Labour Law for Managers provides quick access to comprehensive and professional advice on labour legislation. 
With more than 500 pages in the original binder, Labour Law for Managers covers all aspects of employee-employer relationship, down to the smallest details. 

Don't break the law while completing reference checks

The Practical Guide to Human Resources for Managers says you have to ask the candidate's permission before you can do a reference check or background check for employment.
State this is part of your hiring process in your job advertisement. Ask candidates to complete a permission form, which allows you to do the check background and employment references. Lastly, contact shortlisted candidates and tell them that as part of the final process you have questions to ask their references.
Follow these rules when doing any of the references checks from the checklist and you'll have your perfect job candidate in no time.

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