Surat tops the charts for the highest rate in resume fraud in India: HireRight report

Surat tops the charts for the highest rate in resume fraud in India: HireRight report

Based on data drawn from employment background verifications conducted by HireRight in India. The types of checks conducted include those on employment, education and professional licenses

India ranks fourth in resume frauds in Asia Pacific. In fact, on-demand employment background screening solutions firm, HireRight said that almost 3 out of 10 screenings, or 22.55% of screenings contained a lie or a discrepancy.

The HireRight Employment Background Screening Trends Report for India from April to June 2015, showed that these discrepancies comprised fabrications or inaccuracies on CVs primarily related to educational, employment background and professional licenses.

The report showed that while there has been an increase in hiring in 2015 compared to 2014 in India, the percentage of discrepancies has also increased year-on-year.

Edward Hickey, Managing Director, APAC, HireRight said, “There has been an increase in resume fraud in the current quarter (AMJ 2015) as compared to the previous quarter – JFM 2015.”

The discrepancy rate for the period of January to March 2015 was 16.31%. Hence, the rate of 22.55% for April to June 2015 represents a 38.35% rise in the discrepancy rate.

The report is based on data drawn from employment background verifications conducted by HireRight in India. The types of checks conducted include those on employment, education and professional licenses.

The data revealed that of the total 23,539 screenings done by HireRight in India, 22.55% were found to have discrepancies.

Here, discrepancies related to education were the highest at 40.80%. These would include candidates lying about their education qualifications to obtain a better job status. This is followed by professional licenses discrepancies at 8.82%.

In the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia stood on the top of the list, followed by Singapore, Philippines and India.

Among Indian cities, Surat tops the charts for the highest discrepancy rate in education at 68.09% followed by Mumbai (53%) and Ahmedabad (51.41%) respectively. Kochi, Patna and Jaipur are the cities with the least discrepancy rates at 25%, 21.43% and 18.24%, respectively.

Hickey said that fraud techniques have been getting a technical boost, for instance a few candidates created fake degrees or morphed original degrees using latest software or a few even hacked into universities’ organisations’ database to create fake degrees.

He also said that that there has been a rise in companies screening candidates at all levels, including part-time workers and senior management staff, who have the same access to office premises and confidential information as permanent staff do.

Apart from traditional screening, Hickey explained that there has been increase in screening candidates based on their social network profile apart from LinkedIn. “However, screening job candidates based on their social network footprint is a controversial and potentially risky area for employers,” he cautioned.

According to him, along with social media screening, companies are also screening the international backgrounds of candidates they’re hiring.

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