A business is only as productive, ethical, and capable as its employees. Failing to identify problematic issues or a potential employee’s integrity could lead to a company’s financial and reputational ruin.
Our research and investigations provide clients with valuable insight into the individuals who will be directly responsible for the fate of their businesses. Guidepost Solutions has assisted numerous private companies, financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies with making informed and confident hiring decisions worldwide.
Through investigative research and analysis, our team works closely with clients to develop a customized and cost-effective approach designed to help you make smart, safe hiring decisions for your organization’s peace of mind.
Our multi-disciplinary approach involves three phases of research and investigation customized to gather the type of information deemed most relevant to your business needs.
Comprehensive research of public and proprietary sources is conducted discreetly with an investigative focus on verification of relevant information and credentials relating to potential hires.
Our due diligence team of researchers, attorneys and former federal and state prosecutors and investigators collect and analyze information, cross-reference their findings, and provide an objective, 360-degree view of any proposed candidate.
Tier One: Public Records Research:
This level of screening is typically conducted as a cursory first step in the due diligence. The primary purpose is to ensure potential employees are who they claim to be and are free from criminal records or significant credit problems. This includes a thorough examination and verification of:
- Personal identifiers
- Address history
- Credit history
- Criminal proceedings
- Civil litigation
Tier Two: Comprehensive Research, Analysis and Verifications:
This level of due diligence investigation is a thorough database and public record investigations and includes an examination and verification of the Tier One data along with:
- Bankruptcy proceedings
- Lien and judgment filings
- Corporate affiliations
- Professional licensing
- Real property transactions
- Uniform Commercial Code filings
- Media and internet references
- Social media
- Education and employment history
- Federal and state regulatory/disciplinary actions
- Sex Offender Registry
Tier Three: Research and Field Investigations:
Based on our findings or other concerns raised by the client, where necessary, we will dig deeper and collect additional intelligence as well as relevant reputational information mined from industry sources and business contacts and through targeted, discreet interviews to provide insight into an individual’s character and financial fitness. Tier Three is the most comprehensive due diligence inquiry and will include data collection identified in Tiers One and Two, as well as data gathered from sources within the following groups:
- Law enforcement
- Industry insiders
- Litigation adversaries
- Former employees
- Former business partners