Check­ing up on new staff

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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.

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