Yes, the firm does undertake a standard background check on all of its applicants and typically involves 2 weeks time.
The interview process was a combination of testing technical knowledge, as well as soft skills, such a presentations and report-writing.
Are administrative staff allowed to take part in the additional vacation purchase program, and is there a limit on how many weeks can be purchased per year?
Yes and there is some limits
Request honest anonymous feedback from staff (arranged through a third party) and put together a real action plan to address key recurring themes. Ensure HR is empowered and independent enough to do their job properly and ensure a safe and secure work environment for all staff.