I was more interested in existing processes followed by various sector organisations....
I have to agree with your point of view but at the same time I feel it would be impossible to solely rely on the first impression of the candidate, that we get in an 2 hour interview hence the need for bgv.
Our company has tied up with third party employment verification agency to conduct background checks on new joiners related to their education and previous employment experience.
I believe its beneficial to authorize such agencies to proceed with verification because they get written communication regarding the authenticity of the documents submitted by candidates. Although, it can take upto 2-3 weeks time for university/college to respond especially its becomes difficult in case the candidate does not submit degree because most government universities do not reply without proof of degree. In this case, chasing the new entrant to submit degree as soon as possible becomes a priority. Many times our agent complains that previous employment check is pending as the concerned HR is not responding. Overall, it is a good process because in the end the representative submits us complete copy of verification in pdf file mentioning the exact communication that took place between the two parties with dates/time mentioned.
The agency we tie up with charges approx Rs 1000-1500 per employee (verification - education/employment/physical address/database check/court procedure/reference check)
Thanks and Regards,