Questions you would like to ask a job candidate

Q: What questions can I ask employee candidates in the interview (not really!)? Okay we know what we would like to ask!
  • Are you lying?
  • Why is there a gap between employments? Were you in jail….or prison?
  • Have you been convicted of a crime?
If “yes” answer the follow up question is: Do you need a separate piece of paper to list them?
  • Do you intend to steal from my company?
If “yes” answer the follow up question is: Will it be more than $5000 or less?
  • Have you murdered anyone in the last 7 years?
  • Are there any undiscovered bodies buried anywhere on your property or under your basement floor?
  • Has your photo or likeness ever been on a Post Office bulletin board?
  • Have you ever appeared in an episode of COPS and not either wearing a uniform or as the Camera Man?
  • Do you have any prison tattoos?
  • Do you restrict the use of illegal narcotics to weekends only or just on trips funded by the money and merchandise you will steal from me?
  • Have you ever left a crime scene before the Police arrived?
  • Do you intend to steal from my customers?
  • Which illegal narcotics do you use on a daily basis?
    • Heroin
    • Cocaine
    • LSD
    • Meth
    • All of the above
  • Have you ever appeared on a sex offender list in ANY country?
  • After answering “yes” to any of these questions do you really think I am going to employ you?
LPSI Customers – If you would like a real list of 100 questions you CAN ask please contact us.

Identity Theft

Let me jump right to it – stealing someone’s identity is fairly easy. According to the Federal Trade Commission (www.FTC.gov/idtheft ), ID theft strikes nearly 10 million U.S. consumers every year. That’s a bit unnerving. You guard your credit card with your life, you don’t give out your social security number to just anyone and your passwords are all cryptic and yet – you could still be a victim and not know until it’s too late. Part of protecting yourself is education. I want to talk to you about five areas of identity theft. 1. Social Security Number Theft – You might be surprised to find out that your child’s SS # is even more at risk than yours. Credit accounts are opened, jobs are obtained, medical insurance is purchased – all with a SS number belonging to a child. Why? Because most likely, you won’t ever check THEIR credit score – you assume they don’t have one. CBS news conducted a segment on this very thing in 2010. 2. Medical Identity Theft – With healthcare insurance premiums at an unbearable high – desperate people are committing desperate acts. Stealing an insurance ID card and having surgeries or other procedures done, is becoming more common. Women are having babies in hospitals and then leaving the medical bills, and sadly the child, behind. All the while, the woman whose identity is stolen can potentially be jailed for leaving “their” child behind and given the burden of having to prove the child is not their own. 3. Criminal Identity Theft – This happens when someone is arrested or violates a law and uses your name and address as their own. This could result in a criminal record, in your name! It could prevent you from getting that job you wanted or worse, you could end up in jail. 4. Financial Identity Theft – Typically, this involves using your personal information to obtain credit cards, loans, bank accounts, etc. You end up buying things, you’ll never see. 5. Driver’s License Theft – This is primary identification used for most of your transactions. Once a driver’s license is obtained the thief can potentially ruin, among many other things, your driving record. Yes, this is scary, but there are things you can do to help prevent your identity from being stolen. • Guard your information • Shred anything that has personal information on it before you throw it away, • If your wallet is stolen, report everything that was taken, including ID cards, credit cards, banking info. Restoring your identity can take a tremendous amount of time and a lot of money. The key is that you must be proactive to keep this from happening to you. If you’d like to find out more about how you can protect yourself in the event that your identity is stolen please contact me. Lisa Moore is with Work Site Connect. She has 9 years in the insurance industry. You can reach Lisa at lisa@worksiteconnect.com

Would you consider Employee Background Checks as Foolproof?

Regardless of what your opinion is of employee background checks, they should never be considered as foolproof. Several factors contribute to the fact that they may not be foolproof but one of them involves identify theft which can happen anywhere and to anyone. I know of a manufacturing company that conducted criminal background checks and social security traces on all employees after hiring them permanently from a temp to hire agency. One particular employee who had been on the job several weeks was hired permanently and the company proceeded to conduct the employee background check according to its standard procedures. The social security trace indicated that the employee had a previous residence in a western state and this lead to the discovery of several serious charges and convictions. In the current state of residence, the employee background check uncovered an open warrant from the previous state. After some negotiations with the employer, the state investigative agency came to the workplace and took the employee into custody for extradition to his previous residence. Once the individual was fingerprinted, it was determined that he was not the one that the warrant had been issued for. The employee actually turned out to be an illegal immigrant who had purchased the identification, a driver’s license and a social security card from a “broker” dealing in these falsified papers. Several weeks later the employee showed up again at the plant with a new ID. But despite him having been an excellent worker, he was not rehired. Since the occurrence of this incident, this manufacturing company has changed its procedures requiring that criminal background checks are run on all contract workers that are being sent to their location. By providing the background company with accurate identifying information, the hiring company can help ensure that it is obtaining accurate results whenever an employee background check is conducted. The hiring company should check a prospective employee’s identification carefully and ask additional questions of the applicant, if any read flags appear. Keep in mind that it is best to run a criminal background check in every jurisdiction where the applicant has lived, worked, or attended school. Many metropolitan areas include several counties which should also be checked. But even then, it is possible to miss some information, such as a shoplifting charge that occurred while on vacation. However, you should always conduct employee background checks regardless whether something may be missed or not since only through comprehensive employee background checks most criminal history will be uncovered. For more information, please contact us or call 1 770-426-0547