How lying on your CV can get you into trouble Forged certificates, grade sheets, employment letters or salary slips are false instruments in the eyes of the law. They could land you behind bars.
Claiming a false qualification, stating wrong marks, incorrect past salary/designation/work experience/profile/references without proof may not attract legal provisions but are equally bad in the eyes of the employer.
The consequences include getting fired, a permanent negative record in the database preventing future opportunities with the same employer and others who do a reference check with them and a negative reputation.
At best, if the margin of error is low, your employer may give you the equivalent of a rap on the knuckles by having you own up your misdemeanor.
I. How common are discrepancies in job applications? 1 out of 6 candidates misrepresent facts on their resumes while approaching prospective employers.
This figure is 50% higher than what was reported in 2016.
II. Where did candidates slip during employment verification?
2.99% cited referees who did not respond.
1.27% provided incorrect tenure.
1.26% failed to give documents to support claims.
Lack of data and negative feedback also played a role.
III. What do candidates lie the most about?
12.14% candidates misrepresented employment related information in 2017.
This was followed by discrepancies in address (6.67%), reference (3.35%) and education (1.56%) details.
IV. What discrepancies were found during other checks?
6,265 candidates among a million failed to clear drug tests 4,352 Job applicants provided fake IDs like Pan, Voter ID, passport and Aadhaar.
2,162 candidates could not clear police verifications.
1,181 could not go past the data screening phase.
V. Who is more likely to misrepresent facts?
15.71% male candidates were found guilty of fudged applications.
13.09% of women candidates provided inaccurate details.
Male candidates are more likely to present false information for all major check areas.
VI. Which industries had to deal with discrepancies in resumes the most?
The industry average is 15.21% for the year.
23.99% of discrepancies detected in the financial services sector.
23.44% of discrepancies were in the telecom sector.
15.9% in the manpower services sector.
14.38% in retail. 13.88 in pharma and bio-tech research.
12.04% in Internet and e-commerce.
8.25% in IT and software.
8.13% in BPO and ITeS.