We recently employed a man for a manager’s position in our company through a recruitment agency.
After 3 ½ months we received a cryptic email from the manager saying he wasn’t going to be around for a while and then a bizarre telephone call asking if we would consider keeping his position open as he was likely to be away for a couple of months !
We have now discovered that he was sentenced to something around 4 months for what we believe was clearly a serious Assault to be served at Her Majesty’s Prison Forest Bank.
I believe it was incumbent on the recruitment company to check this man out. After all, we were recruiting for a Manager with all the responsibility that such a job title demands and paid the recruitment company £ 3,750.000 plus VAT of £ £750.00 for such a service.
Clearly this chap wasn’t shouting about his criminal record (I’m assuming by the way he must have a criminal record as my current experience as a Magistrate leads me to believe that you don’t get 4 months in Prison for a first offence!!!) but isn’t it a recruitment company’s job to make some sort of at least limited background checks etc?
Ultimately this chap has cost us a small fortune in salaries in addition to the recruitment fees.
My question is therefore I suppose……
Isn’t it fair to assume that a recruitment company providing a candidate to us for a management role should have, as standard procedure, done some sort of background checks?