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Infotech firms wisen up to fake CVs

If you are aspiring for that dream job in one of the top five Indian IT companies, you are going to need to get smart about applying for it, reports Venkatesh Ganesh.
Hindustan Times | By Venkatesh Ganesh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 12:11 AM IST

If you are aspiring for that dream job in one of the top five Indian IT companies, you are going to need to get smart about applying for it. Gone are the days when anything went in the name of IT. Faced with lack of quality manpower, industry-specific knowledge and employees faking their resumes, Indian IT companies are fine-tuning their recruitment processes, with software major Wipro Technologies taking the lead to make sure that the employees hired match their expectations.

Coming on the back of recent ‘disengagement’ -- industry-speak for layoffs -- by IT players such as TCS, IBM and Yahoo, who have sacked people at the entry level, the measures assume significance. To tackle problems arising from candidates of poor merit or those with false claims, Wipro has realigned its recruiting processes. Instead of a single HR head overseeing all recruiting processes, the company has appointed Pradeep Bahirwani and Satish Krishnan who will take charge of entire recruitment process that includes managing headhunters and making them accountable for every employee that they recommend. Nine heads will be appointed for all their business processes. They will report to Bahirwani and Krishnan.

“From now on we will have vertical heads for all our business practices like technology, testing business, infrastructure management services and others who will have the mandate to manage headhunters,” says Satish Krishnan, general manager, talent acquisition, Wipro.

Wipro is also in the process of trimming down its sourcing partners from 150 to 60. This is due to increasing incidents of fly-by-night operators, inadequate background checks, and fake resumes. “We will shortlist these partners based on their domain knowledge such as banking or embedded design and proof of quality of hires,” adds Krishnan.

With increasing work, especially in the last year, IT companies have been on a major recruitment spree. The top five companies added about 1000,000 employees last year. This quantum of recruitment has resulted in a lot of issues such as employees faking their resume or exaggerating their work experience in the entry and mid-level jobs. “Getting the accurate picture of an employee at the time of recruitment is the biggest challenge,” says S V Krishnan, HR Head, Satyam Computers Services. An Infosys spokesperson said that all resumes clearing the database check are available to the recruiters for candidate short listing based on the profile required.

“With recent cost pressures, IT companies have to look at quality of hires rather than hiring in mass and throwing people at work,” says an IT analyst from a leading Mumbai-based brokerage house.

IT companies are also aggressively looking at recruitment process outsourcing now, which involves outsourcing of all recruitment related activities to third parties.

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