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Social media could put an end to your chosen career

The BBC was itself in the news this past week rather than reporting it. Many of the newspapers picked up on two of the people they had used to ask questions in the recent Conservative party leadership debate that was aired earlier in the week.

The issue was around the vetting of these individuals.

Lets be realistic here. How long ago had these people applied to be on the programme and how long had the BBC had to vett them properly? For a full vetting process to be completed, how far should you go back?

Dependent upon the depth of the report required and the relevance to the situation this should be the answer. Vetting is a useful tool in particular for two situations in the employment sector. Firstly, for a new member of staff when they are being recruited – particularly say if they are under 25 years of age. Secondly, would you look at someones background again if they were in line for a promotion to say Director level? You wouldn’t want to appoint someone and then find out later they had a somewhat colourful history. Starting again with the recruitment process can be time consuming and costly.

A guide to full vetting would include:

Full identity checks eg passport, birth certificate, drivers licence, bank statement

Residential check – current and all previous addresses

Confirmed education including qualifications

Financial history

Full employment/unemployment history

Personal referees


Social media eg Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

It is often this last point in these times of instant reaction to say politial, sports or TV events that could catch someone out. Commenting about a bad decision in a football match is small fry compared to stating that an individual is a **** and should be **********.

So, as a general rule, check out the person is who they say they are and if in doubt, dig a little deeper.