Last updated January 2024
This chapter explains pre-employment screening methods you might use, and your legal obligations and risks through the screening process.
Why should you undertake pre-employment screening?
Pre-employment screening is a vital component of the recruitment process.
Pre-employment screening is a process employers can use to assess the suitability of prospective employees.
A structured and consistent pre-employment screening process ensures that each job candidate goes through the same process. This helps to determine the applicant best suited for the role you are trying to fill.
How to determine which pre-employment screening methods to use
The pre-employment screening process may involve one or more screening methods, such as:
- background and identification checks;
- medical examinations;
- immigration status checks;
- pre-employment assessment and profiling; and
- criminal record checks.