It is wisely said, “Prevention is better than cure”. Replacement of a mistakenly hired employee or a fraud candidate is often an expensive and unpleasant experience for any company. There are various types of fake candidates who deploy various unethical practices to get into a company. In this article we are going to focus on how you can protect your company from hiring fraudulent candidates.
FRAUDS IN THE EMPLOYMENT SECTOR
The most common malpractices used by the candidates include:-
1) Taking help of a smart phone or other devices.
Using a smart phone or another electronic device in the real time to get answers for the questions asked is one of the most common types of fraud that candidates prefer. They usually take help of Google or any other search engine to get their answers.
2) Proxy candidate
Proxy candidate is a very serious form of fraudulent activity that some candidates take help of to land them a job. In this form of fraud, an entirely different person is hired by the candidate to appear in the interview instead of him/her. Most of the companies don’t ask for a photo Id proof in their Interviews to ensure that the candidates have a pleasant interview experience. Often it is seen that candidates take undue advantage of this and use proxy candidates to their advantage. The next time you see an entirely different person appear in your office rather than the one you selected in the interview, well you are definitely trapped into the proxy candidate scam.
3) Taking help from another person
Taking help from another person behind the screen may not be as serious a crime as a proxy candidate but nevertheless the consequences of falling into the trap are same for the company in both the cases. Some candidates keep a person seated right behind the screen who prompts the answers or shows the relevant answers to the questions asked by the use of a smart phone or other electronic devices. Sometimes candidates take it too far and may just sit in front of the web cam and lip-sync while another person uses a headset attached to the laptop or computer to hear the interviewer and answer the questions accordingly.
4) Fake Resumes
Faking of resumes are one of the most common and also one of the oldest form of fraud deployed by the candidates. This is probably one of the largest menace that the recruitment industry is facing. As the name suggests, in this form of fraud the candidates put false data and achievements to ensure that they have a very attractive and irresistible resume. With the current hiring practices, it is almost impossible for a talent acquisition manager or a recruiter to identify these fake CV points. Only the experts who have hands on experience can actually evaluate a candidate’s resume and identify fake data points. This is usually achieved through experienced and scientific processes that can be deployed to dig deeper and probe a candidate on their spikes.
Methods to prevent recruitment of fraud candidates
1. Analytics driven hiring
Use of Analytics can provide a great insight into the candidate’s past employment ventures. There are platforms who provide analytics driven reports on the candidates to prove their authenticity. They often make the hiring process seamless and fraud proof.
2. Social Media
Social media is a very efficient weapon to weed out fake candidates. HRs can scrutinize the social media profile of a candidate to verify whether he/she has provided true facts about his past employments. A profile of LinkedIn comes in very handy for such purposes. If the resume is too irresistible or attractive, then double checking it on a social media platform is always a great idea.
3.Scrutiny while interviewing
Always remain vigilant while taking a video interview. Ask the candidate to hold a photo Id close to the web cam to confirm their identity. Ask questions that aren’t readily available on internet and requires certain skills to be answered.
4.Precautions while verifying Resumes
Screen and separate the resumes that look fishy or are too attractive and claim to have the perfect skill set for the job. Often candidates who fake their resumes provide incorrect or incomplete communication details of their previous jobs. Take call references from the previous employers and HRs to verify their skill sets.
According to trueprofile.io, “ Fraud on any verified documents including degrees, ID, employment certificates, licenses – throughout the pandemic also increased by 15% when compared to the same period last year, this brings the whole up rise in fraud rates to a staggering 30%”. Since mistaken hiring can cost a lot of money as well as precious time of the hiring management, it is always better to take precautions in such cases. It ensures that your company is protected from fraud candidates and doesn’t cough up extra money to remedy a mistaken hiring.