In this photograph taken on May 19, 2012 job-seekers wait in line to register at a career fair held at a school in Hyderabad. Low business confidence and high interest rates have led economic growth to plunge to the lowest in a decade, making private sector job opportunities harder to come by. Desperate candidates are forging qualifications, faking experience, inventing companies and resorting to all sorts of fraud to land jobs in a tough Indian employment market.— Photo by AFP
In this photograph taken on December 10, 2009 Indian staff speak at The Quatrro call-centre in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi. Low business confidence and high interest rates have led economic growth to plunge to the lowest in a decade, making private sector job opportunities harder to come by. Desperate candidates are forging qualifications, faking experience, inventing companies and resorting to all sorts of fraud to land jobs in a tough Indian employment market.  — Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Managers of an IT company in New Delhi were puzzled as they sifted through a pile of CVs, as many as 30 job seekers claimed to have worked previously for the same employer.

Unwilling to take any chances, the managers approached a firm of professional sleuths that specialises in screening background information given by prospective employees.

What emerged left them stunned.

The “employer” turned out to be an owner of a dingy one-room mobile repair shop who was pretending to be an HR manager of a fake IT firm.

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In return for money, he answered verification calls and described how the candidates had worked for him previously doing data entry.

“Our investigation revealed the conspiracy to show previous experience of three to four months for the candidates,” said Preeta Pradhan, a vice-president at background screening firm AuthBridge.

Forging qualifications, faking experience, and inventing companies, desperate candidates are resorting to all sorts of fraud to land jobs in a tough Indian employment market.

Low business confidence and high interest rates have led economic growth to plunge to the lowest in a decade, making private sector job opportunities harder to come by.

A survey by AuthBridge, which has screened millions of candidates, showed that nearly one in five had fudged some information on their CV in 2012-13.

As many as 51 per cent submitted fake education documents.