A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted phrase from a dialogue in William Shakespeare‘s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things are.Juliet was a young and extremely emotional teenager who expresses rather immature thinking, although it is expressed quite eloquently by Shakespeare in this classic tale of young love gone awry.
Perhaps this phrase is true when it pertains to roses; however, Juliet didn’t work for a background check company. Any reputable, experienced background checks expert will tell you that when it comes to background checks and pre-employment screening, the names of people do matter. Because a name gives a history and provides a portrait to reveal the real person behind the application and/or interview, it is essential that a wise employer have this critical information to inform his hiring decisions.
I worked a rather large internal case a few years back; we actually flew in our corporate Loss Prevention managers to help us resolve all the issues created by names. One of the first things these managers did was run a name and address verification on the employee in question. It was a similar protocol to what they followed when they had previously worked for a background check company to provide criminal background checks.
The amount of information pulled was staggering. It listed every place this employee had lived for the last ten years, including other occupants living at the same address. To our surprise, this employee had been living with another one of the company employees. Not only was this a clear policy violation, but it also opened a new gateway into the investigation.
These guys were truly background check experts. The criminal background checks they gave us introduced another employee critical to the investigation that we would have most likely overlooked and lost countless more dollars in the process of identifying the culprits. Based on this new information, we were able to investigate and resolve close to $100,000 in losses over the previous five years that these two thieves had been employed at our company. Had we done this sort of pre-employment screening to begin with, these employees would never have been hired to begin with.
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