Why you shouldn’t lie on your CV

This is something which each of us should learn why we shouldn’t lie on you CV . Never look for short term benefits.

Tata Consultancy Services, TCS, India’s largest software exporter, recently asked nearly 20 employees to leave the company’s Kolkata centre after the company realised that their resumes were manipulated.

Its not in present that companies across the sectors have asked there employees to leave but in the past, India’s top notch companies belonging to high-growth sectors like the IT, ITeS, BPO, banking, financial services, and insurance began the practice of verifying employees’ background by hiring background verification companies like FirstAdvantage and Integrascreen.

As per FirstAdvantage, out of two million resumes that they screened in 2006-07 for discrepancies, a whopping 30 per cent were fudged. In the same year Infosys too had asked 100 employees to leave because of fudged resumes.

Now the question comes in mind why companies do the recheck so here is answer:

Reasons for background checks

Security concerns:

The above-mentioned situations are some of the more extreme instances that have made most organisations sit up and be more careful about the kind of people they hire. Security is a serious concern — be it about that of the employees or clients’ confidential data or that of the company itself. Increasingly, companies, particularly those in the IT sector are investing more in securing their intellectual property and confidential data that can influence their bottom line.

Negligent hiring:

Organisations are also wary of hiring employees who could lead to loss of face in the industry by unwanted lawsuits spurred on by misconduct, especially at senior levels. Cases of the top brass indulging in personal or professional transgressions cause severe embarrassment and loss of credibility in the market. A background check conducted before the final offer can help filter out candidates who have a reputation of personal or professional misdemeanor.

Incorrect or ‘padded’ information:

Organisations are wary of candidates who seek jobs based on fake experience certificates, ‘padded’ resumes and portfolios. Although most HR managers have local contacts and it is easy to casually ‘find out’ about a potential candidate, this is not a foolproof solution of a correct hire. These days, using the services of a neutral third party or companies conducting background checks for various organisations are on the rise.

What does a background check involve?

Although background verification is not an ‘investigation’, it can cover a substantial part of your working life. At most, previous employers confirm the duration of employment, designation and profile, compensation, and other limited information about the employee.

Background checks may also be conducted if the organisation has reason to suspect that an employee might have been asked to leave their previous jobs.

There have been numerous instances where employees were asked to leave when the information they have shared with the prospective employer has been found to be fraudulent.

More often than not, employers validate information about the following:

  • Past employers
  • Education qualifications
  • Personal references
  • Criminal records
  • Drug test records

Source: Rediff


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