Checking up on new staff
WORKERS should confess their criminal backgrounds upfront during a job interview because more employers are checking on them.
Employers in industries as varied as mining, retail, financial services and sport are obtaining police checks on potential staff so they can prepare for or avoid falling victim to a shifty worker.
The move is paying off for employers, with as many as one in 10 checks revealing previous illegal behaviour by applicants. More applicants are organising a police check to provide during an interview on their own initiative.
National Crime Check managing director Martin Lazarevic says the variety of employers seeking police checks on their job applicants has grown rapidly in the past six months.
He says employers want to mitigate their risk with new staff and to know that candidates have truthfully answered questions put to them in interview situations.
Retailers, for example, want to know if their staff have been convicted of theft.
Mining companies are interested in potential employees with criminal histories involving narcotics or alcohol.
‘‘ If these guys are living on a camp and having nothing to do and these guys have a predisposition to do drugs, (employers) don’t want to (employ them),’’ Lazarevic says.
‘‘ They are managing risk, in staff driving heavy machinery or dealing drugs.
‘‘ They are making sure they are not leaving themselves open to it.’’
A gap in the timeline on a resume or failure to list a reference for a key previous role can tip off an employer.
‘‘ It might be a traffic offence or driving an uninsured car, right through to murder,’’ Lazarevic says.