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-REFERENCE CHECKING- Liar for Hire? Fake CVs Floor Indian Job Market

Managers of an IT company in New Delhi were puzzled as they sifted through a pile of CVs - as many as 30 job seekers claimed to have worked previously for the same employer. Unwilling to take any chances, the managers approached a firm that specializes in screening background information given by prospective employees. The "employer" turned out to be an owner of a dingy one-room mobile repair shop who was pretending to be an HR manager of a fake IT firm. In return for money, he answered verification calls and described how the candidates had worked for him previously. Forging qualifications, faking experience, and inventing companies - desperate candidates are resorting to all sorts of fraud to land jobs in a tough Indian employment market. A survey by AuthBridge, showed that nearly one in five had fudged some information on their CV in 2012-13 and as many as 51% submitted fake education documents. The Indian Association of Professional Background Screeners pegs the size of the industry at about $32 million annually and growing fast. "The need for background verifications will continue to grow as entities continue to fudge data and make false claims," said Tejas Sanghvi from Supersoft.

Read more Pharma Sector Battling with Fraud Among Job Applicants: Report

It's not just the US Food & Drug Administration that the Indian pharmaceutical sector is wary of, but it has a rather unusual problem to deal with back home. A staggering 35 out of every 100 job applicants in the pharmaceutical or clinical trial space are lying about their credentials either by furnishing incorrect educational information or, what's even worse, creating fake companies, the highest among any other sector, according to a report released by AuthBridge, a Delhi-based employee screening firm. The company sifted through data for the last three years' applicants and studied over 500 companies which put out an offer to hire and discovered that pharma/clinical trials, hospitality/airlines and manufacturing had the highest employee discrepancies while the BPO/IT, financial services and management consulting applicants had the lowest.

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SSMI Effective in Screening Background of Candidates

Backgrounds of candidates will be reviewed and cross-checked with other departments before they can be hired into the civil service. The checking would be done through an information system that has been implemented by the Public Services Commission (PSC). Minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, said the individual review information system (SSMI), was an effective and good system to screen the background of candidates. The information system was tested via a proof of concept. A total of 2,384 candidates were screened and only two

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