Revisit–Fraudulent Education and Employment Claims Increase Background Background Checks…the beat goes on

Thu, August 29th, 2013 - 12:33 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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Since the Recession and the ensuing economic downturn we have seen an increase in fictional claims about a college degree.    This is where the employment candidate claims he graduated from a university or college but when we, Corra Group, conducts and education verification, we find he was only enrolled for a couple of years or, in some cases never went at all.


Usually with employment verification, we find that the candidate did work where he said, but just stretched the importance of his role.  Lately, we have seen a slight uptick in claims where the job applicant never worked where he said.  How curious, considering he understands his potential employer will be conducting an employment verification search.


It’s maybe time to revisit this article I wrote a while back.    Fraudulent Education and Employment Claims Increase Background Checks.

“Fraudulent claims from international employment candidates, especially from China, have necessitated an increased in employment and education verification background checks for employers looking to recruit applicants from these regions.   Many employment screening services have reported that the growing problem of academic and work qualification fraud in China has lead to increased business from background checking agencies.

For a long time international candidates made fraudulent claims and for the most part they went uncontested. Staffing agencies and employers for a long time accepted the information on CV’s and resumes pretty much at face value.  But no longer.

According to an article in the, “ The latest Q4 Hudson Report on Employment and HR trends in China surveyed over 1,500 employers across Asia, and found that more than two-thirds (68%) of business respondents across all sectors had encountered candidates being dishonest about their background or experience in their resumes in China, a far higher proportion than in the other markets surveyed in Asia.   The report maintained that media and public relations candidates were the most prone to exaggerate their experiences.   Of the candidates interviewed, over 90% admitted to falsifying claims.   The second industry where claims of experience were grossly exaggerated was the technology sector.  Nearly two thirds of those interviewed admitted to telling those little fibs that made them look better than they actually were.”

Well worth reviewing.


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