However, they tend to be less impressed when job candidates become too creative with their academic or career achievements.
For instance, in the 2010 HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, 69 per cent of employers canvassed indicated they have caught a previous applicant lying on his resume.
According to Kelvin Ko, founder and CEO of Verity Consulting, which specialises in conducting employee background checks, employers request independent background checks for several reasons.
"White collar crimes involving fraud, leaking information to competitors and people simply not being able to do the job they have been hired to do have led employers to become more cautious," he says.
Pre-employment background checks can avoid damage to the reputation of a company resulting fro