Thursday, June 26, 2008

- Checking out People before you Hire them

Some funny thoughts cross my mind sometimes. There are some strange folk in the world of English teaching, which, for better or worse, is where my career has thus far taken me. I’ll get round to writing about some of the strangest stories some time. I genuinely wonder where some of them are recruited from, and what was going through the recruiters mind at the time! Have you ever thought what you’d need to do to be able to get information on someone? Have you ever needed to check someone’s criminal background or driving record? How would you go about it? Would you know how to conduct a criminal background check on someone? I was thinking about this recently and wondered if you’d be able to do it on the web, and, if so, how much it would cost me. My wanderings led me to many sites and I thought I’d share one with you.

Sentry Link is a prime example of how you could go about doing a background check on someone. This site is for the US only, but it really is amazing what information they can provide you with for a fee of less than $20 in the case of a criminal check and driving background reports. Honestly, I knew that there were companies that do this kind of thing, but the ease of use, coupled with the low cost of the services was something of an eye-opener.

This is definitely something to bear in mind as the criminal check is comprehensive, showing felonies, misdemeanors, and sex offences. When you’re in a profession such as mine where many people are recruited from overseas, often via telephone interviews, you can really imagine the benefit of a website such as this.


gary said...

The world is full of crooks - just make sure you have the right ones on your side. (";)

entrailicus said...

I'm really going to start talking about some of the nutjobs I've worked with - you couldn't make it up, you really couldn't.

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