Employee background verification


Employees’ background verification firms now get calls from banks, insurance and hospitality companies, besides BPO and call centers.

Increasing instances of frauds in BPOs and fake CVs in the market have forced private firms, especially in the IT sector, to approach background screening firms to verify details of job candidates in depth before they put them on the rolls.

Besides IT and BPO companies banking, insurance, hospitality and manufacturing firms are also keen on the background screening exercise before they recruit people. But this trend is largely confined to the private sector.

What is positive is that domestic companies have recognized the need for a pre-employment check to counter attrition and the theft of data. Interest shown by other industries would definitely fuel the pre-employment screening business, which was alien to companies in India till 2001.

Estimating that about 13% of people who apply for jobs claim false educational and work experience, first Advantage Quest Research, a global pre-employment background screening services firm claimed that about 15,000 to 20,000 verifications are done annually in India.

Home-grown FMCG major Dabur India Ltd takes assistance of professional and investigative agencies while hiring people at some level.

Companies in banking, insurance and hospitality sectors admitted the help of background screener in recruitment process but declined to divulge the details. Pointing out that as they go global, Indian companies are opting for background check because perceived risks from having employees with dubious backgrounds could dent their global image, experts said screeners conduct checks like education, employment, database and criminal records, if any, and these tests are conducted with the full knowledge of a prospective employee.

Team Computer HRD Director said the company has hired a Mumbai-based background screener to validate the claims of candidates in terms of experience in terms of experience, exposure and work profile before their recruitment. Similarly, IT majors like TCS, Patni, CSC and Electronic Data Systems do it too.

Currently, large IT firms spend anywhere between Rs.3,000 and Rs.6,000 per candidate while mid-size companies shell out between Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 per candidate. Bangalore-based recruitment firm TVA Infotech revealed that of 100 false bio-data, 99 candidates fail to make entry into any company, while one smart chap with fake CV manages the show. But hiring volume in the IT and BPO is so large that even a small percentage tends to get magnified.

In our end note as an article writer you may be surprised to note that job candidate verification for executive cadre positions was in vogue with companies like Larsen & Toubro, HLL etc., even 30 years back. Only difference is that even after taking the employee on the rolls they could sack them in ‘probation’ period if the reports of the candidates were averse. The verification was done mostly with the previous employer.

  • a.rajendran

    i finished my ug cources and i will working in private concern as a hr trainee

  • Nisanta Acharya

    Hi All HRs,

    I want to fight against fake experience/marksheet holders. These people make the life difficult for the people who are actually genunine. Right now i’m creataing a very small small database of all the persons whom i know and who have fake certificates . i want your views in it. u can let me know in my mail id… i_m_nishant@yahoo.co.uk

  • Sujata Rao

    Pls Advise,.

    How to formulate Background Verification Policy.



  • Amit

    Dear Reader,

    I am HR from a software company, i would like to know the names of some companies who deal in employee background verification with their contact details.

  • Pawan

    Dear TCS,

    The name of the candidate is T.Raja Ganapathy who got 2 years of Fake experience from GEIS. in data ware housing. you can check in back ground verification . Then you can find the truth in my words.

    I have sent this mail not to spoil any ones career. But i just want to intimate u that because of this fake guys lot of genuine talented candidates are affected. I am also one of the person who got affected.

    He got expereince for data ware housing from GEIS bangalore which is a fake company. Rs.15 000 to clear the backdoor check…. he provided all the certificate like offer letter, appt order. id card…e-mail id, system login id….

    Yours faithfully,


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  • siddhartha

    I read about the employee back ground verification in the foregoing article.

    Now my question is . Do the HR people have to belive what others have said and not to depend on their own selection process?

    Regarding data theft and all what I have to say that it is a problem of personality and at the same time the prevailing situation.

    It can be stopped by simply making the candidate bonafide which can be easily done by, for example taking only candidates with valid passports.

  • Dabru Anand

    Background Investigation helps in reference check, education credentials, employmnet check. It erases out any of the false, home made information of the applicants. False certificates and falsified references are quite common in India. Thus people are stressing a lot in reference check. In India companies are 87% need reference checks 67% on education certificates checking. Criminal and political involvement are also given prime consideration. I personally dealt with many of the false certificates. If the applicants are told before hand of the employment screening all these false Information will not be disclosed.

    Dabru Anand

    Parakletos Intelligence


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    Why the hell are you people bothered about thers careers up here..Mind your own buisness if you have talent you are there in geting a job else if your smart you get a job even the HR’s know most of them in order to fullfill the criteria of the policies and technology they are fake but have learnt the technology…


  • Reachmanpreet

    Suppose a person has lived/worked/studied in another country (US) for sometime and he is applying in a US based company here. Does your company check for his all details (education, employment, criminal records) in India only or in US also? What is your procedure to get this data from USA?

  • Reachmanpreet

    Suppose a person has lived/worked/studied in another country (US) for sometime and he is applying in a US based company here. Does your company check for his all details (education, employment, criminal records) in India only or in US also? What is your procedure to get this data from USA?

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