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If you’re filling a position in which the person will come in contact with valuable assets or pose a safety risk, go beyond routine reference checking to investigate the applicant in more detail. Scrupulous prescreening protects your firm and your employees from workplace crime, and it can help you defend against negligent hiring in the event of litigation.
First, verify the applicant’s identity by collecting a visual identification. Then send a copy of the applicant’s photo and a written reference verification form to prior employers. Run a Social Security number trace through a commercial credit bureau to confirm that the name and home address tied to that Social Security number match those given by the applicant.
You can also refer to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication, Social Security Number Fraud Investigative Guide, to check the correct data on the applicant’s Social Security number. Lastly, conduct a criminal background check by hiring a private investigator or vendor such as Pinkerton’s Inc. or Avert Inc.