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NCJ Number: 77588 Find in a Library
Title: Protect Your Business With Confidential Information Sources
Journal: Professional Protection  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(May 1981)  Pages:32-33,35-37
Author(s): J M Carroll
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Noting that Canadian business losses from dishonest, corrupt, or careless personnel may have totalled $7.3 billion in 1980, this article tells how to conduct a background investigation on a prospective employee.
Abstract: Four steps in background investigation are discussed: taking a personal history statement (PHS) from the applicant, evaluating the PHS, consulting files open to the investigator, and making a field investigation. In addition, requirements for the following PHS components are reviewed: facts to confirm identity, personal history, residence history, educational history, references, employment history including military service, financial history, criminal involvement, credit record, and availability. For example, residence history should be complete chronologically and should go back at least 15 years. Evaluators of a PHS are advised to be wary of post office box numbers that are used as addresses, 'dead ends' or unverifiable bits of information, inconsistencies, and ellipses. The article also describes the kinds of information that investigators can obtain from such sources as credit and motor vehicle bureaus, central and special registries, business and local newspapers, and directories; problems posed by sealed, inaccurate, or incomplete records; specific investigative techniques (such as character references in person); and techniques for conducting a personal interview (positive vetting) based on the PHS. U.S. guidelines defining fair employment policies are included.
Index Term(s): Background investigations; Canada; Personnel selection; Trade practices; White collar crime
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