Company & Individual Background Checks


Background checks are usually considered uncomfortable. The person being checked will often feel intruded upon or mistrusted. Despite that feeling of being uncomfortable it is largely accepted as a necessary evil. After all, who wouldn’t rather have background checks done for people who work with children?

The legal background varies greatly from country to country. In America for example, very nearly everyone can conduct a background check on someone if they have the necessary information. In the UK on the other hand, the person being checked needs to give permission and the check is then being done by a government agency.

Now, in what kind of situation are background checks common? Many countries require them for people who want to work with children. Banks and larger companies like to know if their employees have a criminal background as well, before employing them. However, background checks aren’t just done on potential employees, but also on, for example, new business partners. Business partner finance checks have a very obvious purpose-to give information about whether or not the potential partner is lucid and therefore a viable partner.

There are several kinds of different background checks-some are really more identity checks, while others give a full scale criminal record, credit check and a list of former residences. In most cases, someone that requests such a check will do so with a certain intention and therefore only check certain things. Typically, it’s governments that will perform more in-depth searches into potential employees or persons of interest.

A bank’s interest into potential clients is equally obvious-it will perform individual credit checks to see if someone is eligible for credit or an account. The reason to do this needs no elaboration-a bank cannot simply give credit to anyone, they first need to see if the person can be trusted with the responsibility.

As far as performing the actual checks goes, they can be done by several parties, for example background check companies, the government, a government backed organisation, or the police. Background check companies will need to be certified and adhere to a lot of rules and regulations concerning the dealing with personal information. Respecting privacy while performing these checks is an essential checkmark in these situations and one of the few comforts possible for people that feel intruded upon by the checks. The companies are usually liable for leaked or misused information and will never give the information to anyone not allowed access to them.

Background Checks


Schutz der eigenen Interessen und des Unternehmens.

Um konkurrenzfähig zu bleiben, und unsere Geschäftstätigkeit auszuweiten und nicht zu stagnieren, müssen wir auch ständig neue Geschäftspartner finden, zum Handel oder zur Zusammenarbeit. Nicht jeder Geschäftsmann oder jedes Unternehmen ist aber auch vertrauenswürdig. Offiziell kann man sich nur auf die Angaben verlassen, die ein Unternehmen bereitwillig angibt. Dies bedeutet jedoch nicht, dass man zu seiner eigenen Sicherheit nicht auf eigene Faust weitere Informationen über Geschäftspartner einholen kann. Und als gesunde Schutzmaßnahme ist dies auch in jedem Fall geboten.

Ein Handelsregistereintrag ist schnell vollzogen, dies bedeutet nicht, dass es sich um einen vertrauenswürdigen Partner handelt. Insbesondere auch bei Geschäftspartnern aus dem Ausland ist Vorsicht geboten. In vielen Ländern gibt es keine strenge Regulierungen und Auskunftspflicht wie in Deutschland. Doch auch wenn der Partner in einem osteuropäischen Land sitzt, in Asien oder in Afrika, es gibt immer Mittel und Wege, Hintergrundermittlungen anzustellen.  

Background Checks bei Firmen

Handelt es sich um ein neues Unternehmen, dann ist ganz besondere Vorsicht geraten. Hintergrundrecherchen können uns eine Menge wertvoller Informationen über das Unternehmen liefern. Man kann hierbei das Unternehmen als solches recherchieren, oder sich auf einzelne Personen konzentrieren, die oftmals viel mehr öffentlich zugängliche Informationen bieten und somit wesentlich aufschlussreicher sein können.

Background Checks bei Personen

Einzelne Personen, wie z.B. der Unternehmensgründer oder Mitarbeiter in hohen Funktionen können sehr wichtige Informationslieferanten sein. Wenn die Namen bekannt sind, dann kann alleine schon eine Suche in einer Suchmaschine schlüssige Informationen bringen. Die meisten Daten, die je einmal in einer Suchmaschine gelandet sind, bleiben in der Regel auch für alle Ewigkeit dort. So kann man herausfinden, wo die Person letztes Jahr noch oder auch vor 10 Jahren gearbeitet hat, und so die Informationen, welche mitgeteilt wurden, bestätigen oder widerlegen.

Business Partner Compliance Checks

Die Integrität oder Kreditwürdigkeit eines Business Partners kann mit einer simplen Schufa-Auskunft geprüft werden. Sitzt der Partner jedoch im Ausland, dann hat die Schufa hierüber keine Daten. Jedoch gibt es in den meisten Ländern ein ähnliches Verfahren, welches bei Hintergrundermittlungen unterstützt. Ein Business Partner Compliance Check ist ein sehr nützliches Werkzeug, um herauszufinden, mit wem man es zu tun hat.

Hintergrundrecherchen bei neuen Geschäftspartnern

Hintergrundermittlungen sind nicht ein Misstrauensbeweis sondern reiner Selbstschutz. Geschäfte mit einem Unternehmen zu machen, welches nicht vertrauenswürdig ist, sondern sich uns in krimineller Absicht genähert hat, kann weitreichende Folgen haben, von der Industriespionage über finanzielle Verluste bis hin zum Bankrott.

Seuss Recruitment appoints Privatimus as exclusive pre-employment screening partner


Partnership gives Seuss Recruitment BV access to Privatimus’ global expertise in pre-employment screening for staffing solutions in the Life Sciences industry.

HAMBURG (September 2018) – Seuss Recruitment BV, a recruitment partner providing recruitment solutions to the Life Sciences industry has appointed Privatimus GmbH, a German security consultancy specializing in strategic security concepts as their partner in applicant pre-employment screening. This partnership provides Seuss Recruitment access to Privatimus’ global expertise in comprehensive applicant background checks and verification, to assure highly qualified candidates for their clients in the Life Sciences industry.

“Pre-employment screening is already a standard procedure for hiring new employees in the USA and many other countries, with rapidly growing interest in Europe,” said Sven Leidel, Partner at Privatimus. “In-depth applicant checks confirming what is stated on a CV, such as duration of employment, job title, description and responsibilities, education credentials, and professional certificates are essential in reducing risks for employers during the hiring process. Statistically speaking, approximately two-thirds of all applications show inconsistencies, at various degrees of severity.”

With a vast candidate network uniquely spanning both Europe and North America, Seuss Recruitment has crafted the art of modern match making in providing recruitment solutions to the Life Sciences industry, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical device, and nutrition industries.

“Few employers will dig beneath the surface to confirm validity of information provided by the candidate, such as their expertise and qualifications,” said Sabine Hutchison, CEO of Seuss Recruitment. “Some cite ethical concerns and time, while many others are unsure where to begin or where digging is allowed.

“This gets especially complicated in an international hiring situation. Which law applies, for example, if the employer is located in Germany, the position is in the Netherlands and the candidate is originally from Russia with work experience also in the US and UK? Now we’re getting into some murky legal waters, which is why an experienced professional company like Privatimus is critical for us to work with.”

Areas of expertise offered by Privatimus in pre-employment screening include verification of certificates and references, comparison of the CV with accompanying documents, Open Source Intelligence, integrity tests and more. “Our proven approach to candidate reviews gives Seuss Recruitment’s clients assurance in protecting their business interests,” added Leidel. “Confidence in an applicant’s presentation on a CV is a starting point, but confirmation of the information is critical in hiring truly qualified employees.”

“Using a comprehensive background screening program with expert services from Privatimus will increase the quality of new hires, and thus our client’s confidence in hiring their next new employee,” concluded Hutchison. “Talent acquisition can be a struggle for many businesses, and qualifying candidates with accurate information is a great portion of that struggle. New hires are costly, and we believe that much more time should be invested at the beginning of the process, to assure the most synergistic match between candidates and our clients at a global scale.”

About Seuss Recruitment BV

At Seuss Recruitment, we have crafted the art of modern match making as a recruitment partner providing recruitment solutions to the Life Sciences industry, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical device, and nutrition industries.

We find the most synergistic fit between professionals and forward-thinking companies, with a vast candidate network uniquely spanning both Europe and North America. Via our diverse recruitment services, we create tailored solutions for different levels and phases of recruitment.

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We are a company with integrity and extensive expertise. Since 1993, our experts have been concentrating on servicing an exclusive clientele. With our worldwide network of experts, we support our customers nationally and internationally. In this way, we ensure that the best possible support is provided across national and cultural borders and that the business interests as well as the highly personal private interests of our customers are protected.

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Seuss Recruitment wählt die Privatimus als exklusiven Pre-Employment Screening Partner.


Die Partnerschaft gibt Seuss Recruitment Zugang zu Privatimus’ globaler Expertise und Netzwerk im Bereich des professionellen Pre-Employment Screenings, für deren Kunden aus der Life Sciences Industrie.

HAMBURG (September 2018) – Seuss Recruitment BV, ein Personalvermittlungsunter-nehmen spezialisiert auf die Life-Sciences-Branche, hat die Privatimus GmbH, eine auf strategische Sicherheitskonzepte spezialisierte deutsche Sicherheitsberatung, zu ihrem exklusiven Partner im Bereich der Bewerberüberprüfungen ernannt. Diese Partnerschaft bietet Seuss Recruitment Zugang zu Privatimus’ globaler Expertise in der umfassenden und zielgerichteten Überprüfung und Verifizierung von Angaben von Bewerbern aus der Life Sciences Industrie.

“Das Pre-Employment Screening ist bereits ein Standardverfahren im Einstellungsprozess neuer Mitarbeiter in den USA und vielen anderen Ländern; mit einem wachsenden Interesse und einer zunehmenden Bedeutung auch in Europa”, sagt Sven Leidel, Partner bei Privatimus. “Detaillierte Bewerberprüfungen, die bestätigen, was in einem Lebenslauf angegeben ist, wie z.B. Dauer der Beschäftigung, Berufsbezeichnung, Beschreibung der Tätigkeiten und Verantwortlichkeiten, Ausbildungsnachweise und berufliche Zeugnisse, sind unerlässlich, um die Risiken für Arbeitgeber während des Einstellungsprozesses zu verringern. Statistisch gesehen zeigen etwa zwei Drittel aller Bewerbungen Unregelmäßigkeiten in den unterschiedlichsten Ausführen und Schweregraden auf.”

Mit einem umfassenden Kandidaten – Netzwerk, das sowohl in Europa als auch in Nordamerika einzigartig ist, hat Seuss Recruitment die Kunst der modernen Abstimmung geschaffen, indem es Rekrutierungslösungen für die Life-Science-Industrie anbietet, u.a. in den Bereichen Pharmazeutika, Biotechnologie, Medizinprodukte und Ernährungsindustrie.

“Nur wenige Arbeitgeber werden selbst tiefgründig recherchieren, um den Wahrheitsgehalt der vom Kandidaten bereitgestellten Informationen zu bestätigen, wie z.B. deren Expertise und Qualifikation”, sagte Sabine Hutchison, CEO von Seuss Recruitment. “Einige argumentieren mit ethischen Bedenken und mangelnder Zeit, während andere unsicher sind, wo sie anfangen sollen oder was überhaupt erlaubt ist. Das kann in einem internationalen Bewerbungsumfeld durchaus auch etwas kompliziert werden. Welches Recht gilt, wenn der Arbeitgeber seinen Sitz in Deutschland hat, die Position in den Niederlanden zu besetzen ist und der Kandidat ursprünglich aus Russland kommt sowie über Berufserfahrung auch aus den USA und Großbritannien verfügt? So kann man schnell in ein trübes juristisches Umfeld geraten, weshalb ein erfahrenes professionelles Unternehmen wie Privatimus für uns von entscheidender Bedeutung ist.”

Zu den Kompetenzbereichen, die Privatimus im Pre-Employment Screening anbietet, gehören die Überprüfung von Zertifikaten und Referenzen, der Abgleich des Lebenslaufs mit Begleitdokumenten, Open Source Recherchen, Negativmerkmale und Vieles mehr. “Unser bewährter Ansatz bei der Überprüfung von Bewerbern gibt den Kunden von Seuss Recruitment die Sicherheit, ihre Geschäftsinteressen zu schützen”, fügte Leidel hinzu. “Das Grundvertrauen in die Richtigkeit der Angaben eines Bewerbers in einem Lebenslauf ist ein lobenswerter Ausgangspunkt, aber die Bestätigung der getätigten Informationen ist entscheidend für die Einstellung von wirklich qualifizierten Mitarbeitern.”

“Die Verwendung eines umfassenden Hintergrund-Screening-Programms mit Expertendienstleistungen von Privatimus wird die Qualität der Neueinstellungen und damit das Vertrauen unserer Kunden in die Einstellung zukünftiger neuer Mitarbeiter erhöhen”, schloss Hutchison. “Die Gewinnung von Talenten kann für viele Unternehmen eine echte Herausforderung darstellen, ebenso die Verifizierung der Qualifikationen der Bewerber. Neue Mitarbeiter sind teuer, und wir glauben, dass zu Beginn des Einstellungsprozesses mehr Zeit investiert werden sollte, um die Übereinstimmung zwischen Kandidatenangaben und Kundenanforderungen auf globaler Ebene zu gewährleisten.”

Über Seuss Recruitment BV

Bei Seuss Recruitment haben wir als erfahrener Partner, der Rekrutierungslösungen für die Life-Sciences-Industrie (einschließlich der Pharma-, Biotech-, Medizinprodukte- und Ernährungsindustrie) anbietet, die Kunst des modernen Match Making entwickelt. Wir finden die beste Synergie zwischen Fachleuten und zukunftsorientierten Unternehmen, mit einem umfassenden Kandidaten-Netzwerk, das einzigartig in Europa und Nordamerika ist. Mit unseren vielfältigen Personaldienstleistungen schaffen wir maßgeschneiderte Lösungen für verschiedene Arbeitsebenen und Phasen der Personalbeschaffung.

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FAMILY OFFICE ELITE Interview with Sven Leidel: Privatimus Safe Room Solution


An affordable and prefabricated solution created for new buildings and also for a retrofit installation in existing rooms in houses and apartments.

FAMILY OFFICE ELITE spoke with Sven Leidel, an expert for HNWI/UHNWI Risk Mitigation & Protection Strategies located in Hamburg, Germany.

Mr. Leidel, although this is already your second interview with our magazine, please tell us again about your professional security background and introduce yourself to our readers!

I was born in 1968 in Hamburg, Germany and I am a German citizen. As a former member of the German military police, I have been dealing with the topic of protection and security since 1988. Today I am involved, as an honorary member, in various national and international security and professional associations in advisory and executive functions. I am a professional lecturer and trainer, facilitator and specialist author, security consultant and expert in the field of protection strategies for exposed individuals. I have gained extensive expertise from more than 25 years of industry and professional experience and I have operated in numerous foreign assignments and projects in Europe, North America, Latin America as well as parts of Asia. My longtime customers include many major national and international corporations and insurance companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, exposed private individuals, family offices and family foundations as well as entrepreneurial families and high net worth individuals. Last but not least, I am an author and editor of two books in respect of Travel Risk Management; see (English) and (German).

Your company provides Risk Mitigation & Protection Concepts for HNWI´s / UHNWI´s. Why do you call your “physical shelter concept” a SAFE ROOM and not a PANIC ROOM.

We have chosen SAFE ROOM for three reasons: (1) We feel, that SAFE ROOM meets the purpose and security aspect much better, plus the word “panic” sounds too negative in our point of view, (2) our exclusive technology and construction partner “Turtle Saferooms” is using the wording SAFE ROOM also in the company name and (3) the naming PANIC ROOM is often associated with the same name movie.

That´s right, when I hear PANIC ROOM I am thinking automatically about Jodie Foster in the Hollywood movie “Panic Room”.

Most people do! At the end you can use both conceptualities; there is no right or wrong. We have decided, we do not want to sell a “Hollywood Horror Experience or Feeling” to our clientele, that´s why we use SAFE ROOM. What you see in the movie “Panic Room” is more of a bunker with thick steel, massive concrete walls and a high end technical solution (i.e. self-sufficient air conditioning, oxygen and power supply). Most of the time, the reality with private clientele and their SAFE ROOM solutions looks quite differently.

What makes your concept so different?

We offer a proven “room-in-room retrofit installation solution” as well as a professional architectural solution for new buildings. With the know-how and experience of our technology partner, we are able to plan a SAFE ROOM already in the construction phase or use existing rooms in the house or apartment also as a SAFE ROOM. For example, you can rebuild and use an existing dressing room, that is close to the master bed room, as a SAFE ROOM. Optically the purpose of the room stays the same: A simple dressing room with all of your cloths. But if necessary, you can close the door(s) of the dressing room and it protects you against intruders, kidnappers, criminals a.s.o.. The beauty is, you can still use the dressing room in your day-to-day-routine for the purpose the room was originally planned and built. This concept gives us the opportunity to be efficient and costs effective, but it still meets the need for an individual and customized security and protection level; in our point of view the best possible price-performance-ratio.

Your solution is not a bunker that protects against the next bomb or terror attack, right?

By far not … our standard SAFE ROOMS are not designed to withstand and resist a bomb attack or a siege for many hours or days by trained and heavily armed terrorists. In order to be also on the safe side in respect of those threats, clients then must invest hundreds of thousands of EURO/GBP/US$. Anyway, upon request we can also assist with those demands; it is all a question of money and availability. Generally speaking, it is our understanding, unless you are in a witness protection program or you have received massive threats from mafia or organized crime groups as well as from political, religious or otherwise motivated radical groups, you do not need a massive bunker or high end solution. The vast majority of our exclusive clientele is looking more for a lean solution with a good price-performance-ratio. Having this said, our SAFE ROOM solutions start at a little under EURO 10,000 for the very minimum version and solution.

What is your solution protecting from?

Our SAFE ROOMS are protecting from violent intruders and criminals, as well as from kidnappers, stalkers or violent ex-life partners. The purpose of a SAFE ROOM is, to provide a safe retreat and to protect the home owners from physical harm until the police, law enforcement or the contracted security company has arrived. If you can trust the statistics, this means that a SAFE ROOM needs to withstand and resists the penetration effort and attempt from criminals for app. 15 – 20 minutes. In the meantime, help should have been arrived at your house in most cases.

Who is a typical SAFE ROOM client?

If you are talking about the age of our clients, this goes by all ages. It could be the retired wealthy couple, which does not feel comfortable anymore to use physical defenses in case of an intrusion by violent criminals. It could also be the HNWI family, where the husband has to travel a lot for business and the rest of the family members are alone at home a lot. In addition, it can also be the successful mid age business couple, which wants to add another level of security while they are at home. So bottom line, you see that there is no typical clientele by age. It is more a question of the willingness to reach the next security level (on top of an existing CCTV and alarm system) or even the ability of the financial investment in the next security level.

Does your SAFE ROOM concept also protect against bullets from handguns, rifles and automatic weapons?

Our standard solutions protect against 9mm, Magnum .44 and up to Kalashnikov 7.62. Nevertheless, if a client needs an extra level of protection, we can also secure the SAFE ROOM against higher and stronger calibers. Again, it is just a question of money and availability. To be honest, it is our experience that the resistance class 7.62 is sufficient in most cases. There is really no need to spend more money on higher resistance classes, if there is no real known threat need. At the end, the client will get what he or she is asking for.

Are there any technical limitations or requirements from your end?

Not really, beside the fact that our collaboration partner Turtle Saferooms needs a minimum of two bearing walls in order to build in the room-in-room-solution. Other than that there are no real technical limitations or requirements from our end.

Some interested persons might think: “We do not want all the conversion and construction dirt in the house (for several days)!”. How do you respond to this statement?

I totally understand, that most clients would like to avoid any disorders, inconveniences and impairments at their homes for days, like you experience when you i.e. convert your bathroom. In our case the whole process is very simple, fast and “pretty clean”. After assessing the threat and risk level and deciding which resistance class is reasonable for the SAFE ROOM, our technical experts will measure the room and create a 3D model with a special software program on the computer. All necessary materials and walls will be manufactured at the production site in Bremen. When all preliminary work is done, the technical experts will schedule a date with the client in order to build in the individual and prefabricated parts. Therefore, the team will arrive in the morning, build in all parts and leave already in the evening.

Don´t you hope that the “Day X” will never come, where the clients have to use the SAFE ROOM?

Of course I do! But even if the client never has to use the SAFE ROOM, it is my experience that having a SAFE ROOM in the house creates kind of a peace of mind for the client and the whole family.

Mr. Leidel, thank you very much for your time and the interview.