The Uber rape case in New Delhi has revealed the murky underbelly of slapdash background checks in India. Uber is not alone. In a growing economy like India, companies are often seen in a mad rush to hire in the hundreds. Tight timelines for hiring and cost-consciousness often tempt recruiters to go easy on checks and verification.
And it is not hard to get fake documents in the country. There are close to 7500 companies in India, which operate just for providing fake employment and educational certificates, according to a report by First Advantage, a background screening company.
In India, the prevalent norm is for human resources (HR) to conduct a reference check from past employment based on the information provided by a candidate. The authentication of residential addresses, educational and criminal records is typically outsourced to third party background verification companies.
“About 90% of organized sector undertake some form of checks while 95% companies in the unorganized sector are still hiring without any background check,” said Alka Dhingra, regional manager – IT at recruitment firm Teamlease Services.