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A word of caution for HRs: More than 10% of job applicants in India lie on their resume and 50% submit fake documents
In India, more than ten per cent of the job applicants lie or provide false information on their resume while applying for jobs.

These include details given on education, criminal record, and even their residential address.

Before applying for the job, out of the total number of people who share false information, 10 per cent turned out to be faking about completing a course while 5 per cent were from fake universities and almost 50 per cent had submitted their fake documents, as per the data collected by First Advantage – the largest global background screening agency in India.

While this data is quite lesser in comparison to other countries like the US, which has around 25 per cent discrepancies, experts observe this could be because the number of checks carried out in India are low.

“Developed countries like the US, New Zealand and Australia have a high discrepancy rate because of the awareness among employers there. In India, background verification is a nascent industry with growing need and awareness. The number of checks carried out in India are significantly lower, some employers believe that background screening as an additional unnecessary expense,” said Purushotam Savlani, SVP and Managing Director of First Advantage India.

According to the data shared by the agency, the discrepancy versus verified percentage for 2011, 2012 and 2013 was at 10 per cent. In 2014, it had risen to 10.5 per cent. In 2015, it had further risen to 11.6 per cent. During 2016 it fell to 11.1 per cent and further to 10.6 per cent, in the first half of 2017.

Background screening or background check is the process of verifying information of a prospective employee that comprises the practice of compiling criminal records, commercial records, and financial records of an individual or an organization.

These checks are often conducted by employers as a means of judging a job candidate’s past mistakes, character, fitness, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons. However, it is not followed much in India.

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