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After the Job Interview–There Will be Background Checks

Mon, March 31st, 2008 - 3:28 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Interview Tips to Land the Job

It’s hard enough to get an interview, let alone land the job.

We coach all candidates prior to interview. Once the interview is complete, we speak with both the candidates and hiring manager to see how the interview went and if the intent is to go forward. Here’s what we’ve found out:

1) The résumé and technical skills get you in the door.

2) Personality, demeanor and appearance are judged before anything else

once you’re in the interview session.

3) Everything you say will be judged and analyzed during and after the


Once in the interview, it’s not about you. Your skills and qualifications are important; however, the only thing that really matters is if you personally can make the company and hiring manager successful.

Hiring is expensive and hiring managers are afraid to make a mistake.

During the interview:

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Corra understands the hiring process can be difficult and multi-layered. One one hand there is the application process, followed by the interview. Diane Gubin gives some great advice to employment candidates on how they should handle an interview.

Realize, too, there will be pre-employment screening, after the interview process. More and more companies are relying on background checks to help filter their employment candidates. So though you may do well during your interview process, there are many companies that will have pause if the background report comes up with negative material.

Never lie. Those who lie about education verification are almost always eliminated, immediately. Criminal reports are more obvious, and anyone who fudges on these will also be denied employment. Be forthright. It will increase your chances of getting the job.

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Corra Develops More Employment Packages for Business Sector

Fri, March 28th, 2008 - 5:55 pm - By Nick Gustavson

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(Los Angeles) Corra Group has expanded its pre-employment packaging services to assist different business sectors in selecting appropriate background checks for their respective industries.

“Corra is about being user friendly,” said Nick Gustavson, Co-Founder of the Corra Group. “We believe the enhanced packages will make it easier for Human Resources Manager to select the background searches most fitting their needs. The new graphics we added to our website pages should make the pre-employment screening process a more enjoyable experience.”

Gustavson went on to say that Corra is always ready to design custom pre-employment screening packages for any of its clients. “The packages are merely samples and can be customized to meet the needs of any particular client. We will be adding more packages in the future to address the background needs of a variety of industries.”

The new Corra website pages include packages for different levels of employment in all major industries. There are packages for everything from the labor or clerical workforce up through management and several executive packages.

Corra is also developing an Industry Solutions page special packages listed for the Healthcare and Trucking and Transport Industries. BACKGROUND: Corra operates as Corra Group and specializes in pre-employment and online dating background checks as well as corporate research and marketing. It is one of the few companies that will answer the phone

Ethics and Morals in Business Add a Touch of Class

Fri, March 28th, 2008 - 2:46 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Column by David Schmidt, Ph.D.

The Moral Imagination of Entrepreneurs

To deal effectively and responsibly with both ongoing and emerging ethics issues, business needs to shift its perspective from reactive compliance to proactive moral imagination.

Recent business ethics scandals have created a moral minefield of shifting expectations and growing uncertainty about the responsibilities of business. These scandals have triggered a backlash of stringent laws and standards, most notably the Sarbanes Oxley Act. While we should not minimize the importance of a fair and consistent regulatory framework, the solution to our most important, emerging ethics issues in 2008 will not come from laws alone. What we need from business is a renewed moral imagination that helps us frame the issues in innovative, more helpful ways.

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Corra finds sometimes the term morals or ethics and business is too often an oxymoron. While most business people are pretty ethical, there are more than a few who practice their own brand of business, or should we say the type of business that has long been practiced by the more unsavory creatures around the globe.

But, today, the unsavory business practices of the bottom feeder types has migrated to upper echelons of business. There is everything from white collar crime to outright theft taking place at the loftier levels of the business community as well as at the bottom.

If you are a business person trying to make a buck, you could be taken in by one of the more unsavory types. There are plenty out there, on any given day. With the downturn of the economy, there are even more predators looking to scam you with their various fraud schemes. Desperate people, experiencing a loss of business, may enter into precarious partnerships or joint venture endeavors.

This is why it is so important to conduct corporate research. Run the business credit report as well as the comprehensive partner search. You may also wish to run criminal reports as well as county civil searches.

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One Bad Employee Can Really Damage Your Business

Thu, March 27th, 2008 - 3:43 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Angry Employee Deletes All of Company’s Data

Call it a tale of revenge gone wrong.

When Marie Lupe Cooley, 41, of Jacksonville, Fla., saw a help-wanted ad in the newspaper for a position that looked suspiciously like her current job — and with her boss’s phone number listed — she assumed she was about to be fired.

So, police say, she went to the architectural office where she works late Sunday night and erased 7 years’ worth of drawings and blueprints, estimated to be worth $2.5 million.

“She decided to mess up everything for everybody,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson told reporters. “She just sabotaged the entire business, thinking she was going to get axed.”

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Corra is reminded of the old cliche about one bad apple running the barrel, or whatever. Well, it can be true, as evidenced her when one employee became overzealous and deleted valuable proprietary data files.

When Corra reads this, we have to wonder if this person had…er…difficulties prior to employment, and if they company that hired her ever did a background check. Increasingly, more businesses are getting wise and checking out their job candidate’s before hiring them. It’s a smart practice and probably the best way to avoid incidents as the one experienced at this company.

Nothing is a guarantee, but a preemployment screening program can best determine the history of a job candidate and help identify troubling situations that may arise on the job. Such troubling situations can cause a lot of problems on the workforce and lead to embarrassing publicity, such as the type we witness here.

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