Resume Fraud in India Shows Need for International Background Screening

Puzzled as to why a large amount of job seekers listed the same previous employer on their CV (Curriculum Vitae) – a type of resume in India – managers of a New Delhi IT company used a background screening firm to discover the “employer” was a fake IT firm falsifying past work experience for money. The full article titled ‘Liar for hire? Fake CVs flood Indian job market’ is available in the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper at http://business.inquirer.net/159889/liar-for-hire-fake-cvs-flood-indian-job-market.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the “owner of a dingy one-room mobile repair shop who was pretending to be an HR manager of a fake IT firm… answered verification calls and described how the candidates had worked for him previously doing data entry.”
Job seekers are resorting to forging qualifications, faking experience, and inventing companies to find work in an Indian jobs market where economic growth has plunged to the lowest level in a decade due to low business confidence and high interest rates.

A survey by one of India’s leading background check firms found nearly one in five job candidates “fudged” information on their CV and as many as 51 percent submitted fake education documents, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. The background screening industry in India – worth approximately $32 million annually according to the Indian Association of Professional Background Screeners – is driven by the outsourcing and IT industry where foreign companies move their back office operations to the country.

Although challenging, more employers in the United States are including international background checks in the hiring processes, according to Attorney Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of U.S. background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). Rosen chose this increased use of international screening as one of the ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2014. For more information about all of the trends, please visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends.

“Due to the perceived difficulty in performing international employment screening, some U.S. employers have not attempted to verify international credentials or perform foreign criminal background checks,” says Rosen, author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual.’ “However, the mere fact that information may be more difficult to obtain from outside of the U.S. does not relieve U.S. employers from their due diligence obligation, or duty of care, associated with hiring when performing international background screening.”

With nearly 250 political entities in the world, Rosen admits “each country can be an adventure when it comes to international background checks” and U.S. employers cannot assume that screening internationally is the same as domestic processes. U.S. employers face a number of difficulties that include differences in courts, legal systems, name variations, language, time, calendars, and costs. For more information, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email sales@esrcheck.com.

About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):

Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in the San Francisco, CA-area in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email sales@esrcheck.com.