Firms Give Candidates A Much Closer Look

The article checks the reality that since Sept. 11, half-dozen security-guard companies have approached Carco Research about doing pre-employment probes like a privately held provider of fraud-detection services. Heightened worries over workplace security are increasing the focus on background checks for all kinds of job seekers. Food and Drug Administration guidelines issued in January urge food producers, processors and retailers to pursue background checks and related strategies in order to prevent a bioterrorist attack on the nation's food supply. The spread of sophisticated electronic databases and other high-tech innovations is making candidate screening cheaper, swifter - and more invasive than ever. A thorough pre-employment probe covers criminal convictions as well as employment and educational history, social security name and number verification, etc.

Provided by: Dow Jones & Company Topic: Software Date Added: Jan 2003 Format: HTML

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