Just how good is your credit? That is what public service
officials are now asking applicants during the interview process.
The credit record has become a key factor when judging the qualifications of
public service applicants in one district of Shanghai.
credit is more stressed than before in the
recruitment of new
public servants because of the special characteristics of the profession," said
an official surnamed Jiang from the Personnel Bureau under Shanghai's Yangpu
"Public servants usually represent the image of governmental organs, and they
should have a better credit performance than many other professionals," he said.
Jiang is responsible for the recruitment of public servants in the Yangpu
District. His bureau is reportedly the first in the city to introduce credit
records in the examination of public service applicants.
Such credit examinations are used mainly to find out
whether applicants have paid their bank debts and other utility bills
According to Jiang, applicants who have passed the public service written
examination are required to fill out a special form authorizing the bureau to
investigate their credit performance.
"We usually have this process completed before the interview, and if we find
applicants with a bad record, according to the database, we will ask them to
explain their reasons," he said.
"Flawed records and unconvincing explanations will lead to many disadvantages
for people who want to become public servants."
The Yangpu Personnel Bureau launched the credit examination in 2005. So far
no applicant has been found with a previous bad record, Jiang said.
The bureau, however, is now considering increasing the examination's
requirements, for example, checking traffic violations.
The source used by Jiang's bureau to check credit worthiness is the so-called
"Shanghai individual credit information collection system" operated by the
Shanghai Credit Information Services Co. The company was founded in 1999 and
supported by the Shanghai Municipal Information Commission.The system has
already collected credit information on more than 7.7 million people.
An unidentified source from the information commission
said a special information collection system for public servants will be
established in the city, which means it may be extended outside Yangpu.
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