'Informal background checks add more value to a vetting process'

While speculation continues over who will make it into President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet, there are rumors surrounding the fate of ICASA chairman Rubben Mohlaloga - who is reportedly on his way out as chairman after being convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering.

Some government officials in top positions have also been guilty of lying about their qualifications.

So, what should one look out for when conducting a proper background check, as is necessary in any sector?

Gushwell Brooks, standing in for Karima Brown, spoke to CEO for Odgers Berndtson, Leon Ayo, to understand the value of conducting proper background checks.

Its no just the formal checks, it is the informal checks that I believe add more value. You can talk to trusted sources that we know that can give you the real story about what actually happened. why did somebody leave under dubious circumstances? And equally that allows people to justifiably defend themselves...

Leon Ayo, CEO for Odgers Berndtson

He says an interviewee should always be honest.

Corporate South Africa is quite a small world and it is our business firstly to find the best candidates for our clients but equally to protect our clients from making an appointment that could get them in trouble.

Leon Ayo, CEO for Odgers Berndtson

Equally if someone has got a bad press we can turn that around if it is completely unfair.

Leon Ayo, CEO for Odgers Berndtson

Click on the link below to hear more about Ayo's line of business and what else to look out for .....


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