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Inform the candidate

Inform early

The start of a potential partnership, employment, lease or any other agreement is based on trust. Screening is something you do openly and without secrecy, but it requires good and clear communication in advance.

The candidate should be informed early, so that he/she can ask questions, and provide necessary clarifications and documentation. Similarly, the employer can be notified if the candidate has restrictions, or there are any obstacles to the process.


Add this information to the corporate website, to the dedicated job-tabs and to the online CV-portal. Include it in job postings and mention it in the job offer/proposal. Not sure what to say? The most important is to be specific. Explain what you do, why and who you have engaged (if you use a professional screening company) to assist in the process.

Obtain a consent

It is important to inform, but still only half the job. The process also requires that the candidate agrees to the background check, which is why the information provided must be clear and on time. Only then can the candidate know what is agreed to.

Processing of personal data shall be based on voluntary, explicit and informed consent. The document is the written proof that the candidate has accepted the process.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: A consent is always voluntary. No one can be forced to accept background check.

General requirements for a consent

  • In writing and in a format that can easily be communicated
  • Sontains candidate name, date of birth and contact details
  • Explains the purpose; what is the consent given to
  • Contains name and contact details of the screener / data processor
  • Signed and dated, and may also specify duration / validity
  • In a language the candidate understands
The requirements for consent are governed by laws and regulations, and although there are differences from country to country, there is a broad international consensus on the candidate’s rights.

For Norway, see the Norwegian Data Inspectorate. For the EU, see European Commission.

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