The latest thinking, news and events from the world of Recruitment

Half of CEOs subjected to ‘fewer checks than graduates’


Almost half (45%) of HR directors admit they know of companies where potential CEOs go through fewer checks than graduate candidates during recruitment, according to research by HireRight.

The report The Untouchables: Protecting your organisation is based on a poll of senior HR leaders from almost 150 companies. It revealed that 27% admit CEOs are subjected to less scrutiny than graduates in their own company.

Almost one-third (31%) of CEOs do not go through any ‘due diligence’ during their appointment. Additionally, two-thirds of companies consistently fail to perform any background checks on new members of their C-suite.

As a result nearly one-quarter (24%) of HR leaders believe board members at their company may never have had their work history or academic claims properly verified.