As traditional recruitment practices continue to evolve, partly driven by the development of technology, organisations need to ensure that they follow pre-employment checking procedures that are both legal and ethical.  

This guide, written in association with HR-inform, highlights the key checks that most organisations will carry out during their recruitment process, including right-to-work checks, criminal record checks, medical checks, reference checks and online and social media checks. The guidance also includes case studies that outline the considerations that need to be made when conducting pre-employment checks. 


The purpose of pre-employment checks

Right-to-work checks

Criminal record checks

Medical checks

Obtaining employment references

Online and social media checks

Using lists of high-risk candidates

Outsourcing and employment agencies


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