Who doesn’t want to get recruited in top IT firms in India? Every IT graduate has a dream of working for top IT companies like TCS, Infosys, Wipro, etc. But, the reality is that not everyone gets through! In most of these firms, apart from skills and qualification, experience is given paramount importance. So, those who lack sufficient amount of experience fail to achieve their dream of securing an opportunity in these IT firms.

Reports on fake experience certificates at IT companies have been doing rounds since quite a few years now. We, at SecUR, have come across several fake experience certificates while performing employee background checks. So, is the lack of experience and the desperation to get a job the reason candidates are providing fake experience certificates? Or is there more to it?

The Fake Experience Certificates Scam

The fact that qualification and experience are given chief importance while hiring, which are then combined with the desperation of job seekers to work with reputed IT firms could be a sole reason behind providing false experience letters. But there is more that contributes to this act of embellishing experience letters.

Several candidates have been reported saying that there are hardly any jobs for freshers in the IT sector. To get into a big IT firm, you require a good amount of experience with a proof to validate the fact. It is no secret that several agencies who sell fake education degrees, job experience letters, licenses, and visas exist in the nation. An article in The Hindu and Dailymail, highlighted an investigation that was conducted on the fake experience certificates racket. It said that around 169 such companies in some South Indian states were giving out fake experience letters to those desperately seeking jobs in IT firms. The investigations also revealed that 25,000 candidates secured lucrative jobs in reputed IT firms. These agencies use technical know-how and the available information to create fake work experience letters. They take advantage of freshers and other individuals without jobs and offer forged documents in return for money. In their hopes of securing a well-paying opportunity in a large firm, these candidates end up fetching fake experience certificates. While this was a particular region, there are thousands of such agencies operating across India and even globally.

With the unemployment rates already on a rise, the employee layoffs implemented by reputed firms recently, can add to the problem. A news piece in Business Today talks about how big players in the IT sector like Wipro, Cognizant, and Infosys have or are expected to remove employees because of the slow growth of the sector. All this, in times when the USA has also tightened their H1-B visa norms, might be a contributing factor to the false experience letter scam.

Although most of  reputed companies partner with screening firms, there are many small and medium players who still do not have a stringent employee verification program in place. Only a comprehensive background screening process where every employee detail is scanned thoroughly can help prevent this.

Consequences of Forging Experience Certificates and the Role of Background Checks

Candidates who feel getting into top IT firms by providing fake experience letters is a cakewalk, think twice before doing so. Getting away with fake credentials is next to impossible, as more and more firms, especially large IT organisations have started outsourcing background screening to experts like SecUR. Considering this, the consequences of embellishing experience certificates can be grave. While browsing online, I came across a Quora page where someone enquired about the safety of using fake experience letters to get into an IT multinational. Respondents described consequences through real life experiences.

An individual working since 4 years in a company was asked to resign because it was later revealed that he had given forged work experience documents. Another employee was thrown out twice by two different firms when they discovered he submitted fake experience certificates. One individual went to an extent to let a more experienced person do a telephonic interview on his behalf and then got into the firm after submitting fake work experience letters. As soon as the truth was discovered, he was fired from the company.

Reputed firms not only conduct background checks while hiring, but also do so when the clients demands. More so, there are some companies who hire screening companies to conduct background checks after every few years as a part of their policy. In a scenario where a candidate’s patience could earn him a rewarding job and future, providing forged experience letters can ruin their career prospects, probably for life! When fudged employee information and frauds are on the rise, and background screening is done rigorously by firms, then getting away with fake documents will no longer be easy. A comprehensive background screening process digs into an individual’s personal and professional history, and uses skilled professionals and digitized processes to provide reliable and swift results. Furthermore, screening firms have access to a repository of information of fake agencies from government bodies making it easier to uncover the truth.

Cases of fake experience certificates are all over the internet. These incidents are a cue for IT firms, whether small or large to adopt a stringent screening process if they still haven’t. Lack of a comprehensive background check process gives more power to these fraudulent agencies and candidates embellishing information. If you have not yet partnered with a screening firm, now is the time to do so. Hire an experienced background screening partner for maximum benefits.