As businesses and corporate bodies become ever more aware of their online reputation and more and more personal data becomes available, particularly via the internet, the importance of Enhanced Background Screening has become paramount to any corporation.

An inappropriate candidate can have a significant impact on a business and its all-important brand reputation. With occupational fraud taking 5% off a typical organisation’s annual revenue and over 60% of all job application information stretched in some way to earn the employer’s approval, the importance of a comprehensive background check cannot be emphasised enough.

Background checks have become such a critical factor in the pre-employment process, so much so that 96% of all employers now specify them. The purpose of any background screening has evolved as employers strive to hire talented and appropriate individuals.

As effective Background Screening has to involve the verification of a candidate’s credentials and it can only be carried out with their full written authorisation, therefore employers must fully comply with any local background screening laws, which vary from one jurisdiction to another, as failure to comply with these regulations can result in lawsuits and severe financial penalties.

At Matrix Intelligence we carry out Enhanced Background Checking for a variety of clients, internationally. Our protocols start with the analysis and subsequent verification of a potential employee’s CV and in turn their personal, educational and professional background and online reputation. Where no CV has been provided, we focus on the candidate’s online media profile and reputation.

In many jurisdictions, local data protection regulations prohibit either employers or educational institutions from providing any personal information on any individual without having received appropriate authority. To overcome this hurdle, employers should always incorporate a full authority request within their individual employment applications.

Western, Central and Eastern European countries generally have more restrictive data protection regulations than the United States, the Far East and Africa. By contrast, the United States has a wealth of available public record data that can be obtained from proprietary databases.

Matrix specializes in maintaining and constantly updating its knowledge of the availability of each type of information in each of the countries that it operates in.

Additional enquiries can of course be conducted with referees suggested by the candidate, however Matrix generally avoids this, instead preferring to conduct enquiries directly with individuals identified in the course of our Background Research as referees provided by the candidate will invariably only provide positive feedback and in some cases may have even have been told what to say by the candidate.

The Key Benefits of Background Screening

  • Ensure you only employ candidates with integrity and the right credentials.
  • Deter those that have a wish to cause harm to the reputation of your business.
  • Detect more determined individuals at the recruitment/application stage.
  • Deny or flag-up individuals unsuitable for employment in certain roles.
  • Save recruitment costs by employing the correct person for the role.

Enhanced Background Screening

For senior executive candidates, Matrix recommends Enhanced Background Screening, which involves fully examining an individual’s education, employment record and credit status and where necessary and as required by the employer, criminal records checks.

These checks are now frequently used by Employers as a means of judging an individual’s past mistakes, character and to help identify any potential hiring risks for safety or security reasons.

At Matrix, our Enhanced Background Screening & research is provided using a proven combination of multi-language Open Source [OSINT] research and targeted Human Source [HUMINT] enquiries.

Matrix also conducts independent human source enquiries [HUMINT] with individuals who are in a position to comment on the candidate’s professional and personal reputation, work record, management style and personality.

Open source [OSINT] research involves the use of electronic and physical corporate registries, print and electronic media archives, litigation databases, credit reference databases, global regulatory and compliance databases and the Internet. Research is conducted in any language that is relevant to each country.

Targeted Human Source [HUMINT] enquiries are conducted with a wide range of individuals who are in a position to comment authoritatively on a candidate’s personal and professional reputation. These generally include former colleagues, former business partners and industry peers.

For high-level background screening, Matrix generally confirms the past ten years of a candidate’s employment history. If required, a longer period can also be covered. Both levels of service also include the analysis of any gaps in employment in excess of 90 days.

In cases where certain information is not available from Open Sources our extensive regional network ensures that such information can often be obtained by well-placed human sources.

Background Checks and Availability of Information

Matrix conducts the following checks as part of any High-Level Background Check assignment:

  • Verification of education
  • Verification of employment
  • Criminal record checks (wherever possible)
  • Analysis of corporate affiliations (directorships, shareholdings and company representation, i.e. as a trustee or through power of attorney)
  • Media and Internet review
  • Litigation history checks
  • Discreet human source enquiries
  • Reputational “red flags”
  • Political risk “red flags”

Matrix Intelligence conducts High-Level Background Screening assignments on a best-effort basis, meaning that every effort will be made to cover all of the checks listed above. In some cases, where this is not possible due to data protection regulations or the lack of such information in a particular country, this will be fully outlined before Matrix commences work on the assignment.

To identify potential political red-flags, Matrix conducts an in-depth review of the candidate’s extended personal and professional networks along with discreet Human Source [HUMINT] enquiries to determine whether the candidate is known to be linked to any government officials or to be a member of a radical or extremist political party.

Our Jurisdiction

Matrix Intelligence is headquartered in London but has strategic and extensive coverage of every country in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, both in-house and with our regional network of field agents and information providers.

In addition, Matrix has excellent coverage of the Unites States, SE Asia and the Far East and Africa. The company’s global network of contacts, comprising the combined contact lists of the company’s managing directors and key senior personnel built over more than a decade of industry experience, extends as far as the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

About Matrix Intelligence – Corporate Intelligence Experts

Working with lawyers, third party funders, financial firms, corporate clients and HNW individuals Matrix delivers Reliable Actionable Intelligence. We operate internationally and have exceptional capabilities in Eastern Europe, all Offshore Banking jurisdictions and select Middle Eastern and African countries.