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  • Writer's pictureCarly Taylor

Background checks: getting the right information

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Background checks should be an essential part of any organisation’s pre-employment screening process.

For heavily regulated sectors, such as healthcare and education, background checks are mandatory. But no matter how regulated your industry is, the consequences of a bad hire are to be avoided. Financial loss, Resource gaps and potentially reputational damage to name a few.

However, background checks are frequently seen as a chore. One of the key issues is receiving incomplete applicant information and having to manually chase them until everything is received. And if you’re getting frustrated, it’s a fair bet your candidate is too. Aside from your ability to conduct checks quickly, it is important that the applicant has an easy and nurtured journey from the offset. It could be the difference between the applicant choosing your organisation over a competitor.

Our solution to this common issue

Our Applicant On-boarding Portal follows UK government application guidelines to ensure appropriate standards are followed when capturing PII in a GDPR compliant environment. Applicants are sent an invitation to create a profile with clear instructions about what documentation to get ready. Then they are taken through a sections, one question at a time. At the end of each section a summary is provided for checking and editing. Progress through the application is clearly marked so if an applicant logs out, they can come back to where they left off. When complete, they press submit and any gaps in information are flagged for completion before they can submit. So, you get complete information first time.

On your organisation’s side you have real-time visibility of where the candidate is in the process via your dashboard. You can set automated chasing messages at times of your choosing or manually add a text message in the portal, both delivered by email and/or SMS as chosen by the applicant.

The on-boarding experience is further improved as the portal acts as a ‘one-stop’ shop to collect applicant information. Numerous checks are integrated in VettingGateway, for example criminal records check and credit checks. Instead of the applicant completing multiple forms, armed with their background information and consent you can do them mall from one place.

Find out more

VettingGateway is an end-to-end background check solution which uses heavy automation and workflows to enable organisations to reduce manual effort, speed up time-to-hire and ensure compliance against even the most stringent of standards. Available as a monthly subscription with no long-term contracts and a choice of 3 packages to suit. There’s even a Free licence and free background check so you can try it out.

For more information about how it works, the third party checks available and pricing visit our website.


The information Provided by VettingGateway in this blog was published on the 01/06/2021, all information was relevant at the time of publishing however as our landscape is forever changing this information may not remain valid.

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