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Himani Chandna Gurtoo, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 09, 2013
Did you know your CV may be passed on to a detective team to ensure that you have not misrepresented facts? In case of discrepancies, you could even lose the job you were offered.

Companies, both domestic and foreign, including global banking major HSBC, the Reliance Group, Tata Sons, RPG Group, PNB Metlife and Wipro are hiring “resume fraud detective” or firms that specialise in cross checking information provided on CVs (curriculum vitae).

The shrinking job market is pushing candidates to misrepresent facts on their resumes, analysts said.

In fact, around 84% of organisations based in India have come across candidates who misrepresent facts on their job applications, a survey conducted by global consultancy Hill and Associates has found.

“There have been situations, wherein we have hired candidates who have performed well on the job and found later through background checks that they misrepresented facts,” Rajesh Relan, managing director, PNB Metlife told HT.

Misrepresentation varies from the number of years of experience, salaries to even qualification, HR experts said.

Sectors that receive maximum fraud resumes include manufacturing, banking and financial services and retail.

“Such increase is expected during recession, corporate scandals and global job mobility causing higher unemployment,” said Shalini Chakrabarty, country manager, Hill & Associates.

“Altering mark sheets is a major discrepancy found in checks followed by altered years of passing,” an official with Britannia Industries said.