Conducting a comprehensive backgound investigation on every applicant for employment -- and often, continuing background investigations on current employees who work in sensitive or "confidential" positions -- is a common practice in many industries that deal in money and proprietary customer data. In banking, this is often the exception to this practice, rather than the rule.
I try to have my clients agree to create a standardized list of things that all applicants will submit to or complete before being hired. Creating this list helps you to insure that you actually get all of the information you require -- and it may prevent a discrimination action.
I'll share my proposed list in the next couple of weeks with BankersOnline.com's participants. But first, please share your answers to these questions:
1. Does your institution conduct background investigations on every prospective employee -- even "temps"?
2. Does your institution conduct continuing background investigations on existing employees -- particularly those in "confidential" positions (e.g., security, audit, human resources, executive, consultants, etc.)?
3. What do you require applicants to provide for you -- or what things do you investigate?
Thanks -- in advance -- for your help!
Security Education Systems
[This message has been edited by Dana Turner (edited 02-06-2001).]