It’s an exciting time for a company when business is growing and there is a need to add more employees and start a hiring process. But how to ensure everything goes according to the plan now and in the future? How well do you know your candidates and employees? Can you trust them? There are a few things to consider in your hiring process, and we invite you to explore them in this article.
Don’t be a part of the statistic
Recently, for the purpose of the post-employment screening process, CRI Group was tasked to process an employee’s educational credential verification for one of its clients. It was the first time the candidate was undergoing the background screening process, so the subject was already working in the organisation.
To verify employee’s education, CRI Group followed the usual protocol and reached out to the university to initiate the degree verification process. When the local investigator contacted the University with the information of the subject’s educational credentials and certificates, the university informed the researcher that no such degree or certificate has been issued by the university to the subject. On further investigation and re-verification of the mark-sheet certificate, the university issued a formal statement and informed CRI Group that upon checking the mentioned seat number/serial number/registration number of the provided degree in their database, it was found to be incorrect in university records.
Consequently, the degree claimed by the candidate was confirmed to be fake or bogus.
Did you know that our investigative team identified that 1.91 % of all degrees checked were fake? That might be eye-watering news to organisations when they become victims of such employee fraud schemes.
Without any formal investigation and background screening process, it is hard for an organisation to identify such forgery since the degree and mark sheet totally resembles the University original format of the documents (i.e. degree and mark sheet).
The above-stated proofs and confirmations reassure the existence of companies having employees with bogus educational credentials. This possess a risk not only for employer but is a threat to the corporate sector overall.
What you don’t know can hurt you
A well-equipped mechanism and thorough research of the researchers in CRI Group helped the client to avoid any serious financial or non-financial damage that might cause by an employee with bogus credentials.
A dishonest employee could be unqualified for the position, possibly endangering others on the job. Or they might be a fraud risk, willing to bend the truth in other ways in order to enrich or advance themselves on your dime.
At CRI Group, our EmploySmart™ pre-employment background screening process analyses a job candidate’s claims and credentials, and digs beyond the surface to make sure the facts match up. Our experts conduct extensive checks that examine all of the following details of a potential employee:
- Verification of address
- Verify name and date-of-birth
- National ID number
- Credit checks
- Previous employment verification
- Credentials verification
- Bankruptcy checks
- Civil litigation checks
- Criminal history
- Record checks
- Professional qualifications and memberships
- Criminal background checks
- … and more.
Resume fraud: More common than you think
In another case study, CRI Group’s investigators conducted background screenings of employees who were working for a multinational organisation operating in Pakistan. While verifying education credentials is just one of the aspects of the EmploySmart™ process, the investigators immediately noticed red flags and initiated detailed checks of the education degrees claimed by the subjects.
In this case, the CRI Group screened 18 degrees claimed from a single university. By contacting the university and conducting an examination of documents and records, CRI Group found an astounding 5 of them (27.7%) to be fake and/or forged. As it turns out, the following are some of the most common areas of resume fraud:
- Stretching dates of employment
- Inflating past accomplishments & skills
- Enhancing job titles & responsibilities
- Education exaggeration & fabricating degrees
- Unexplained gaps & periods of “self-employment”
- Omitting past employment
- Faking credentials
- Fabricating reasons for leaving the previous job
- Providing fraudulent references
- Misrepresenting military record
Resume fraud is a widespread problem for employers in every industry and at any size company. It’s persistent and sometimes even careful examination of a resume won’t immediately reveal red flags or problems. Last year, our investigative team red-flagged shocking 17.6% of all conducted employee background checks. That indicates that the only way to secure your organisation’s future and properly vet job candidates is to screen them with a thorough pre-employment background screening process.
Free HR risk assessment
No organisation can afford to have employees on staff who aren’t what they claim to be. Even a seemingly innocent embellishment can indicate more background problems under the surface, and the potential for future problems down the road. At Cri Group we encourage organisations to not be a part of the statistic and embrace the need to employ smarter. Your greatest resource is your employees. Make sure they are who they say they are, and that you only hire the best.
Take a proactive stance with the highest level of Employee Background Screening as a part of your essential business strategy. Contact us today to get a free HR risk assessment from our team of Certified Fraud Examiners and keep up with the latest knowledge in background screening – from insights from local experts in remote areas in the world to the most recent compliance and international standard news and up-to-date industry guides.