The need for international background screening – where firms provide employers with criminal background checks, past employment and education verifications, and reference checks on people who have spent time outside the U.S. – has been demonstrated by a recent report on the rise in fraudulent and dishonest claims in resumes by job applicants in China.
‘The Hudson Report: Employment and HR Trends, October – December 2010, China’ found that more than two-thirds (68 percent) of employers across all business sectors in China encountered job candidates being dishonest about their background or experience in their resumes, a higher proportion than in any other market surveyed in Asia.
The Hudson Report – which is published each quarter and analyses hiring expectations and human resource issues of Asian businesses – surveyed over 1,500 employers across Asia from five core industry groups: Banking and Financial Services; Consumer; Information Technology; Manufacturing and Industrial; and Media/PR/Advertising.
For the 2010 Fourth Quarter report, employers in China were asked about reference checks and dishonesty in resumes. The survey found that with regard to reference checks:
- 59 percent of employers in China across all sectors said that reference checks were very important, a much higher figure than for the other markets surveyed in Asia.
- 77 percent of employers in China in the Consumer sector said that reference checks were very important.
- 67 percent of employers in China in the Media/PR/Advertising sector said that reference checks were very important.
As for dishonesty in applicant resumes in China, the Hudson Report survey revealed that:
- 68 percent – more than two-thirds – of employers in China across all sectors encountered candidates being dishonest about their background or experience in their resumes, a much higher proportion than in the other Asian markets surveyed.
- 91 percent of employers in China in the Media/PR/Advertising sector were the most likely to have experience of candidates exaggerating or falsifying resume information.
The survey also indicated that remuneration packages and job responsibilities were the main areas in which dishonesty occurred in the falsifying of resumes by job candidates.
- 59 percent of employers in China across all sectors encountered candidates who distorted or exaggerated facts concerning remuneration packages.
- 55 percent of employers in China across all sectors encountered candidates who distorted or exaggerated facts concerning job responsibilities.
- 42 percent of employers in China across all sectors encountered candidates who distorted or exaggerated facts concerning academic qualifications, more than twice as common as in any other Asian market surveyed.
As the Hudson Report shows, the need for international background screening by U.S. employers has increased in the global economy. Foreign-born job applicants need to be screened just as carefully as applicants living in the U.S. as part of the due diligence process all employers must conduct on new hires in order to avoid lawsuits for negligent hiring if they hire workers that they should have known were dangerous, unfit, or unqualified.
This rising trend in international background screening has become so prevalent it was named one of the ‘Top Ten Trends in Background Screening for 2011’ by Employment Screening Resources (ESR), a San Francisco-area background check company that performs background screening both nationally and internationally for U.S. companies. See: http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Trends-In-Background-Screening-2011.php.
Employment Screening Resources has also prepared a white paper titled ‘Introduction to International Background Screening’ that provides an informative introduction to international background screening, outlines what difficulties employers conducting such screenings should be aware of, and reveals the many ways that employment background screening in foreign countries differs from background screening in the United States.
The ESR white paper ‘Introduction to International Background Screening’ is available for download free of charge at: http://www.esrcheck.com/Download/.