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Pre-employment Screening process

I have been offered a job contract in a Swiss company which says that I am required to pass the pre-employment background screening based on my signed consent. The contract says that the employment is conditional upon completion of the screening with a result with is considered satisfactory by the company. I can start my position only after completing the screening, and if the start date is postponed due to the screening then the salary will not be paid for this period. The company expects me to resign from my current position before their screening is finalized.

I know that the companies check their candidates, and this is absolutely normal. But I have never seen this kind of conditions in the employment contact. I thought that the company checks the candidate first, and once fully satisfied then they send the contract. I am also not sure if it is safe for me to resign from my current job under under such circumstances. I am not expecting any findings but don’t want to be in a situation when their screening process gets stuck for some reason and I am affected. The company said that this screening takes on average one month, and the start date of the new job is February 1st.

What is this pre-employment screening which requires a signed consent from the candidate and takes so long? Have you ever done this?

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Checking out your diplomas, references and past jobs. Have had it done but always before getting a contract or done by a recruiter.
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Checking out your diplomas, references and past jobs. Have had it done but always before getting a contract or done by a recruiter.
Did you have to give signed consent for this?
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Did you have to give signed consent for this?
Yes, Iīm quite sure my uni (or anyone else) wouldnt have given information if they hadnīt had my consent
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Tell them to f... off!

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What is this pre-employment screening which requires a signed consent from the candidate and takes so long? Have you ever done this?
Would it be correct to assume it is a job with some kind of financial services company? They are the only ones I have ever heard of to require your signed authorization. And it is needed to check police and court records.

Assume it is a financial services company then the check will most likely be outsourced to a third company. These companies services usually cover:
- police records (here and abroad)
- court records (here and abroad)
- reference letters
- education
- previous employers and any other contact they may have there
- newspaper clippings (here and abroad)
And so on.

I was given such reports last year as part of my work and they were pretty detailed.

My advice would be if you have any doubts at all, then donít resign until they have cleared you.
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Would it be correct to assume it is a job with some kind of financial services company? They are the only ones I have ever heard of to require your signed authorization. And it is needed to check police and court records.

Assume it is a financial services company then the check will most likely be outsourced to a third company. These companies services usually cover:
- police records (here and abroad)
- court records (here and abroad)
- reference letters
- education
- previous employers and any other contact they may have there
- newspaper clippings (here and abroad)
And so on.

I was given such reports last year as part of my work and they were pretty detailed.

My advice would be if you have any doubts at all, then don’t resign until they have cleared you.
The job is in the pharmaceutical industry, nothing to do with finances. The checks are done by a third company.
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The job is in the pharmaceutical industry, nothing to do with finances. The checks are done by a third company.
Just another reason to tell them to piss off.

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Re: Pre-employment Screening process

This is pretty standard, if you have nothing to hide I wouldnít worry about it.

And in case the checking process takes longer and they already allowed you to start work, the contract would have commenced and they would need to give you standard notice whatever this is.

As long as you have no major differences in job/course title or start/end date for all jobs or education achievements in the past 10 years, and a valid passport/ID, itís just a formality.

Of course the safest route would be to not resign from your current role until you have received confirmation that your screening results are satisfactory.

But if thatís not possible due to your notice period and when they want you to start, you either have to reject the offer or accept it and undergo the check.
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They are the only ones I have ever heard of to require your signed authorization.
Happens all the time in teaching. If you are offered a job, it is conditional on passing an enhanced police check, which requires your authorisation.
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But if thatís not possible due to your notice period and when they want you to start, you either have to reject the offer or accept it and undergo the check.
It's not a binding offer so should be taken with a pinch of salt, there is not even a start date given........

Clearly not worth resigning until a start date is confirmed.
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Tell them to f... off!

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Do you think they would get the message?
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Of course the safest route would be to not resign from your current role until you have received confirmation that your screening results are satisfactory.

But if that’s not possible due to your notice period and when they want you to start, you either have to reject the offer or accept it and undergo the check.
I decided to reject the offer but not to withdraw my consent for screening. I will propose they finalize the screening and come back to me in 6 months or so if they are still interested, with a proper contract. I won’t hold my breath that it happens
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I have been offered a job contract in a Swiss company which says that I am required to pass the pre-employment background screening based on my signed consent. The contract says that the employment is conditional upon completion of the screening with a result with is considered satisfactory by the company. I can start my position only after completing the screening, and if the start date is postponed due to the screening then the salary will not be paid for this period. The company expects me to resign from my current position before their screening is finalized.

I know that the companies check their candidates, and this is absolutely normal. But I have never seen this kind of conditions in the employment contact. I thought that the company checks the candidate first, and once fully satisfied then they send the contract. I am also not sure if it is safe for me to resign from my current job under under such circumstances. I am not expecting any findings but donít want to be in a situation when their screening process gets stuck for some reason and I am affected. The company said that this screening takes on average one month, and the start date of the new job is February 1st.

What is this pre-employment screening which requires a signed consent from the candidate and takes so long? Have you ever done this?

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Welcome to Switzerland. Be warned, they can do anything to you and get away with it. It happens all the time in this country.
Come on, just because you had bad luck, not everyone has your experience....

I have been here for some time and yes, despite being let go as well, I was treated fairly at that time.
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I decided to reject the offer but not to withdraw my consent for screening. I will propose they finalize the screening and come back to me in 6 months or so if they are still interested, with a proper contract. I wonít hold my breath that it happens
This is what I would do as well. In between resigning from your job and your screening being completed, a lot of things can change and you might be left out in the open.
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Welcome to Switzerland. Be warned, they can do anything to you and get away with it. It happens all the time in this country.
You hare here a couple of months.... get back to us when you have been around a few years.
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What is Switzerland becoming US now?

Job offers in US are conditional provided you pass a background check BEFORE your start date - but you donít have to resign from the current job.

There the screening is mainly your credit (financial) and criminal background and drivers history AND a drug test which theyíll give you 24 hours to complete. They donít do the education check at least when I was there last. Part of Sox compliance.

In CH - all they have done (Iím in Pharma) is just ask for a copy of my diplomas, reference letters and references - no criminal, no financial, no drivers - and these have been for positions where I have budget sign off authority.

So is this happening now in CH? I hear now i the US - now they Now demand Anal examinations, blood typing, DNA Testing and they wish to now confirm the candidate voted for Putin - I mean Trump.
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In CH - all they have done (I’m in Pharma) is just ask for a copy of my diplomas, reference letters and references - no criminal, no financial, no drivers - and these have been for positions where I have budget sign off authority.
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I am working in CH pharma for years and it always was as you say — copy of diplomas, references. I also never seen anything like this, not even sure it’s legal. This could be just an exception, one company’s practices.
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Rather odd for a job in pharma.
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I decided to reject the offer but not to withdraw my consent for screening. I will propose they finalize the screening and come back to me in 6 months or so if they are still interested, with a proper contract. I won’t hold my breath that it happens
It might be a good idea to limit your consent by time, e.g. until the end of February.
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