Simon Cowell Bounces Contestants After Revealing Background Checks

Nick Fishman

Everybody’s doing it; background checks that is.  Simon Cowell has reportedly dropped three contestants from his British TV show, Red or Black, after he performed criminal background checks and found something he didn’t like (what he found was unspecified).  Evidently, he learned the hard way that performing these checks was necessary when it came out that the show’s first winner had served two years in prison for assaulting another man.

Everyone has their own motivation for conducting background checks.  Some do it to protect theiremployees, customers and reputation, some to avoid making a bad hire. Unfortunately, many do it because the have experienced costly incidents that could have been avoided.  Food for thought.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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