Fake CV\’s and experience manipulation

I read this article on the TOI.  Things are changing and changing for the better:

Wipro fires employees for faking CVs

BANGALORE: Wipro has just fired some employees for faking their CVs. It has also filed police complaints against several recruitment agencies for helping these employees falsify CV information.

While it’s yet not certain how many employees were shown the door, this is perhaps the first instance of Wipro’s rigorous defence system against such malpractice being so seriously breached.

Manipulation of resumes, often in active collaboration with recruitment agencies, and sometimes with the knowledge of recruitment personnel of IT companies, is assuming alarming proportions.

IBM India recently sacked many employees for the same reason. Some are said to have worked there for two years. TCS, also facing this problem, has from this year outsourced the entire process of CV verification to a specialised agency.

\”The emphasis today is on speed of recruitment. Companies have many times more projects than they can handle. So recruitment processes have been undermined, enabling people with manipulated CVs to get in,\” says a professional, who has worked in the HR department of several IT companies.

\”It’s a colossal issue,\” says Vinaysheel Palat, V-P in Evaluationz India, a company that specialises in employee verification through a tie-up with Globe Detective Agency.

\”The US has a documentation process and social security numbers, through which one can ascertain all details about an employee. India has nothing like that. With increasing numbers of inter-state/city transfers, companies face the big risk of manipulators,\” she said.

Experts say recruitment agencies and recruitment personnel in companies too are often part of this fraud.

Work experience, expertise in technology domains, compensation packages and educational qualifications are the main areas of falsifying CVs.

 

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So the industry is maturing and standing by solid principles rather than plain speak profits.  If IBM/Wipro/TCS/Infosys/Oracle/CTS – and other biggies take a stand – then the wheels of further improvement will start moving.  When I came into being an interviewer – I was simply alarmed and disgusted by the proportion of fake candidates.  But as I grew with experience – I sort of came to accept it as friends around me came to use it.  And it was used blatantly – not just by starteres who were taking off on their career – but also by experienced people who wanted to hike up the no. of years – for more salary and prospects.  And some companies just accept it and move on – as for them the work getting done is more important.  These are the companies who really do not care about ethics.  As claimed in this article – this problem – IS TRULY COLLOSAL.  And one of the good businesses these days is the VERIFICATION business – where there\’s lots of moola to be made.

 

Attached is the photo of the Subramanya temple in Palani.  Recently I had been to the Shanmuga temple in Beasant Nagar.  I was surprised to learn from my wife that in Palani the form of the Lord is the Dhandapani form.  This form is really so simplistic – shorn of almost all attributes.  The lord just has a loin cloth and a dhanda in his hand.  Its the form of a pristine, young, boy ascetic.  Humbling.
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