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Li Tao, the HR director of a multinational company with more than 20 years of work experience in human resource management, conducts an extensive background check before recruiting foreign employees.
"The candidates need to show us their notarized clean criminal records. At the same time, we use third-party companies to investigate their backgrounds, including calling their former department and HR managers to assess their abilities, work attitude, and whether they behave inappropriately at work," said Li.
Another technique Li employs is checking the candidate's income verification statement at the bank. If the candidates say they have a certain amount of work experience at a company, but there is no record of a stable income during that time, it might be suspicious, he said.
"Social platforms are also a good channel. I like to view the LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter page of the candidates to learn about them and see their endorsements, which can partly prove their conduct, whether they are honest and their abilities," said Li.
Francis Pang, chairman of the board for Canadian International Schools of Beijing (CIS Beijing), told Metropolitan in a previous interview that CIS Beijing hires teachers only after several processes have taken place. He said the applicant is required to provide a current and valid passport, their resume, certified certificates, a minimum of three reference letters, and a current no-criminal record from their home country and the country they are currently residing in.
"The two most common sources for hiring staff are Search Associates and the New Brunswick Department of Education in Canada," said Pang.
Search Associates is an organization that vets teachers through an extensive network of professionals that check the background, references, and so on for any teacher who applies for positions advertised.
According to Pang, all the teachers or administrators must supply three or more people who will verify their teaching experience and background and those individuals must submit confidential references online. He said all the teachers hired by CIS Beijing must meet the stringent standards required in Canada.
Speaking specifically to background checks for offenses against minors, Pang said the school takes it seriously.
"All teachers considered for hiring must submit a current police report indicating that they have never been convicted of a crime against a child," he said. "Further to it, personal phone calls are made to the referees of the candidates considered for hiring. E-mails are also sent out seeking a further personal reference - a special school-based form that we use to gather further current information on each candidate."