Our FAQ offers answers to frequently asked questions about CI Screening and our extensive range
of pre-employment check services.

What is pre-employment screening?

Pre-employment screening is a process that employers use to verify the accuracy of information provided by job candidates on their CVs, job applications, and during interviews. This process helps employers identify any potential risks or red flags associated with a candidate’s employment history, criminal record, education, references, and other relevant factors.

Pre-employment screening can include a range of different services, including criminal background checks, employment and education verifications, credit checks, and more. The goal of pre-employment screening is to help employers make informed hiring decisions, reduce the risk of negligent hiring, and ensure a safe and productive workplace for all employees.

Overall, pre-employment screening is an essential tool for employers to assess the suitability of job candidates for a particular role and ensure that they are a good fit for their organisation.


Why do employers perform pre-employment screening?

Employers perform pre-employment screening for several reasons, including:

Mitigate Risks: Pre-employment screening helps employers mitigate the risk of hiring someone who may pose a threat to the organisation, its employees, or customers. By conducting thorough background checks, employers can identify any potential red flags, such as a history of criminal behaviour or falsification of information.

Ensure Safety: Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Pre-employment screening helps ensure that job candidates don’t pose a safety risk to themselves or others in the workplace.

Protect Company Reputation: Employers need to protect their reputation and brand image. Hiring someone with a history of misconduct or criminal behaviour can damage a company’s reputation and have a negative impact on employee morale.

Comply with Legal Requirements: Many industries, such as healthcare and finance, are subject to strict legal and regulatory requirements. Pre-employment screening can help ensure that employers comply with these requirements and avoid costly fines and legal action.

Overall, pre-employment screening is an essential tool for employers to make informed hiring decisions, reduce the risk of negligent hiring, and ensure a safe and productive workplace for all employees.


What are the benefits of pre-employment screening for job seekers?

While pre-employment screening is primarily performed for the benefit of employers, there are also potential benefits for job seekers, including:

Increased Hiring Confidence: Job seekers who pass pre-employment screening can feel more confident in their abilities and qualifications, knowing that they have been thoroughly vetted by the employer.

Improved Job Fit: Pre-employment screening can help job seekers find roles that are a good fit for their skills and experience, increasing their chances of long-term success and job satisfaction.

Higher-Quality Work Environment: Employers who perform pre-employment screening are more likely to have a safe and productive work environment, which can benefit all employees, including job seekers.

Protection from Discrimination: Pre-employment screening can help protect job seekers from discrimination, as it provides a standardised and objective way to evaluate candidates.

Overall, while the primary purpose of pre-employment screening is to benefit employers, there are potential benefits for job seekers as well, including increased hiring confidence, improved job fit, and a higher-quality work environment.


What types of pre-employment screening services do you offer?

Criminal Background Checks: These checks search for any criminal convictions or pending charges against the candidate.

Employment Verification: This involves verifying the candidate’s work history, including their job titles, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving.

Education Verification: This service verifies the candidate’s educational qualifications, including degrees and certifications.

Reference Checks: Reference checks involve contacting the candidate’s former employers or other professional contacts to obtain feedback on their performance and character.

Social Media Screening: This service searches the candidate’s social media accounts for any red flags, such as discriminatory comments, drug use, or violent behaviour.

Credit Checks: Credit checks verify the candidate’s credit history and financial stability, which may be relevant for roles involving financial responsibility.


What is the turnaround time for screening reports?

Our typical turnaround time for screening reports is 10-15 working days from the date that we receive all the required information. However, the actual turnaround time may vary depending on the specific requirements of the screening package and the complexity of the screening process.


What is the cost of pre-employment screening?

The cost of our pre-employment screening services varies depending on the specific package and the scope of the screening required. We offer a range of screening packages with different levels of checks to meet the needs of our clients. Please contact us for a quote tailored to your requirements.


Are your screening processes compliant with all applicable laws and regulations?

Yes, our screening processes are fully compliant with all applicable laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. We also adhere to industry standards such as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Employment Practices Code.


Can you customise your screening services to meet our specific needs?

Yes, we can customise our screening services to meet your specific needs. We offer a range of screening packages and individual checks that can be tailored to suit your requirements. Our team will work with you to understand your needs and develop a bespoke screening solution that meets your needs.


What happens if adverse information is found during the screening process?

If adverse information is found during the screening process, we will notify you immediately and provide you with a report detailing the findings. We will also provide guidance on how to proceed based on your company’s policies and procedures.


Is my personal information kept confidential?

Yes, we take data protection and confidentiality very seriously. We adhere to strict data protection policies and procedures to ensure that all personal information is kept confidential and secure.


How do you ensure the accuracy of your screening reports?

We use a variety of reliable and trusted sources to gather information for our screening reports, including government databases and industry-specific sources. Our screening reports are also subject to a rigorous quality control process to ensure accuracy and completeness.


How can we get started with your screening services?

To get started with our screening services, simply contact us to discuss your requirements. Our team will work with you to develop a tailored screening solution that meets your needs. We will provide guidance on the information we require, the screening process, and expected turnaround times.