Magazine article Security Management

Screening in Southeast Asia-Pacific: Information Given in Resumes Is False about 20 Percent of the Time in the Asia-Pacific Job Market

Magazine article Security Management

Screening in Southeast Asia-Pacific: Information Given in Resumes Is False about 20 Percent of the Time in the Asia-Pacific Job Market

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DISCREPANCIES IN job candidates' resumes and the truth about them were detected by background checks three times more often in the Asia-Pacific region than in countries like the United States. The problem: Job applicants in other countries have learned that they can boost their pay by falsifying their credentials.

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"There's a real propensity for individuals to want to falsify information because of the economic benefit they are receiving," Bart Valdez, president of First Advantage Employer Services, told Security Management after a presentation at the recent ASIS International conference in Singapore. In the United States there is a 5 to 7 percent discrepancy rate on applicant information, whereas in the Asia-Pacific region, the number shoots up to about 20 percent, said Valdez. The percentages are even higher in China and India.

Valdez singled out IT professionals as an example of a group of job seekers who can bump up their remuneration significantly by claiming to possess more certifications. Overall, about 30 percent of the negative reports in Asia center on candidates lying about their educational credentials, Valdez said. First Advantage has created a database used by universities in the region.

In the United States, applicants tend to exaggerate their responsibilities with a former employer or to lie about their reasons for leaving the employer.

A recent live poll conducted by HireRight, a screening provider with operations in more than 200 countries and territories, found that 30 percent of large employers are in the midst of installing a global background screening program.

HireRight indicated that more than 80 percent of large U.S. companies already have some type of background check process in place domestically.

First Advantage gave some illustrations of the risks of hiring dishonest employees, including the call-center workers in India, who in April 2005 talked four customers of a leading bank into revealing their personal identification numbers. …

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