The final checks should include the following:
Key selection criteria and other aspects of ‘fit’ have been met
There is no doubt that the preferred candidate meets, satisfactorily, each of the key selection criteria identified for the role and will be a good fit for the organisation, its operating environment and its future.
Multiple sources of evidence considered
Information about meeting key selection criteria and ‘fit’ has been obtained from a number of sources, including, at least, curriculum vitae, interviewing the candidates, and speaking to several referees.
Documents in the public domain reviewed
Research has been undertaken to identify and review material published by and about the candidate for the purpose of identifying any risks to reputation or behaviour that may be of concern. Search of information published on the internet, for example on a social media site or blogs, have been undertaken.
Proof of identity checks completed
The identity of the candidate has been confirmed to ensure that the person is who they claim to be and to the extent required for security and similar considerations. For example, at minimum, an original birth certificate, passport or driver’s licence has been sighted.
Qualifications or awards checked
If particular qualifications or awards have been included in considerations about the candidate or are used by the candidate in their pre or post-nominals (for example ‘Dr.’ or ‘OA’), then a member of the selection panel or Board Secretary has sighted original documents that confirm the qualification or awards and copies placed on file. Checks have also been made to confirm that the institution conferring the qualifications or awards actually exists and has the authority to issue the particular qualification or award.
Police and other security checks undertaken
The candidate has undertaken (and passed) police and other security checks as required for the role and copies of the relevant paperwork placed on the file.
Eligibility for employment in Australia
If the candidate is not an Australian citizen, a member of the selection panel or Board Secretary has sighted original documents that establish the candidate’s capacity to work in Australia and copies of the relevant paperwork placed on the file.
Met the Chair
The preferred candidate has met the Chair, preferably informally and outside an interview situation, for a final opportunity to identify any potential misunderstandings, communication difficulties, personality clashes, or other areas of concern. The meeting also establishes the groundwork for a good working relationship when and if the preferred candidate is appointed.
Met the Board
This is highly desirable, again to ensure ‘fit’.