Five reasons why you won’t get shortlisted for an interview

 

To be very honest, we disagree with the below mentioned five things but we don’t recruit, we screen candidates for employers which gives us hiring insights and based on that, we have complied this list.

What is baffling is how HR recruiters don’t give a chance to a job seeker to explain these five things—if there is any of this on their CV—or showcase what other skills they’ve? Or how they will react in a demanding situation thrown at them, because that is how a recruiter will be able to judge their attitude.

 

  1. Gaps on your resume: Gaps either because of studies or you took out a gap year. Malia Obama, eldest daughter of US President, Barack Obama, is taking a gap year. And everyone around her thinks it is wonderful. But recruiters across the globe have issues and often don’t shortlist candidates with gaps in their education or employment. What if someone was burnt out and wanted a break to rejuvenate? Should that be held against them?
  2. Matching skills: They are missing some skills listed on the job description and this means recruiters don’t short list such candidates but it does not make any sense. If an individual has 10 skills, he can learn additional skills required for the job. Rejecting candidates based on this is plain stupid.
  3. Lack of Industry experience: Some recruiters or managers emphasis on that fact that there should be industry experience. We beg to disagree. Hiring from a different industry or a fresher actually makes sense, as it brings a fresh or different perspective and may be employing those best practices of a different industry might help. Rejecting Candidates based on this is nonsense.
  4. Not the right degree: Certain jobs require certain kind of degree. A software engineer should have studied something related to software. A doctor should have studied medicine but that’s where it should stop. Every job out there does not need a particular degree. Candidates often get removed from short listed if they don’t have that specific degree.
  5. Too many short term jobs: Not having spent a considerable amount of team in one job makes HR managers or recruiters bit skeptical about a candidates stability. Some experts regard this as stupidity because there are myriad reasons why someone didn’t stay at a particular company for some length of time. However, candidates don’t get shortlisted for even an interview if it shows up on their CVs that they have hopped jobs.

So have you figured out a way to overcome these 5 things?

In today’s constantly evolving world, a job seeker should be mindful of the above things and the post-hiring part. Post-hiring part is when you get an offer but employees need to check whether everything on your CV is true or not. Just self-verify yourself and know what the recruiters will know.

 

Have you ever faced rejection because of any one of the five things above?

If yes, do let us know.

 

 

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Catch them if you can but if you can’t, We can help you!

An HR proffesional’s ID was forged

We often hear/read in the news or watch in movies about people stealing someone else’s identity or a part of it. Most of the times, they end up misusing that identity. Some of the classic examples are of the likes of Frank Abganale Jr., a master impostor, who now works for FBI and other US government agencies and helps them to find people who forge documents to fake their identities or commit fraud. On the big screen we all enjoy it, it is fun. We even end up appreciating the talent of these people. But we forget about the effect it has on the person whose ID was stolen. He ends up paying a massive price for the crimes committed by someone else. Not just the monetary but the emotional damage that comes with it. It is a situation no one wants to be in. But neither is it up to you unless you have ensured timely background and credit checks so that you are aware what is happening.

During our recent Twitter chat, we received this tweet by a very well-known and influential HR person about someone using his photo on a matrimonial site. It got us wondering about the number of such cases. After some number digging, we were surprised and scared about the results. Bureau of Justice Statistics, US, says that 17.6 m people in US alone were victim of Identity theft. In a population of 300 million nearly 8% people were victims. That number is huge. Staggering but scary.

A news report of BBC quoting fraud prevention agency CIFAS said the number of victims rose by 31% to 32,058 in the first three months of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014 in UK. Closer home in India, things are not different either. Identity theft is one of the growing concerns in cyber-crime in India today. According to Norton Cybercrime Report 2011, globally 431 million adults experienced cybercrime in 2011 and more than 1 million plus adults became victims every day. As per the report, India is fast emerging as a soft target for organized cybercrime with four in five online adults have been victims of identity theft in 2011. According to a report shared by CPP India, most identity theft victims don’t realise the fraud until long after the incident and dismiss possible indicators.

Imagine someone committing fraud on your name and you have no idea. Or opening a bank account or obtaining an ID document like Passport/Aadhaar or PAN. If anything goes wrong, which will, no one is going to catch him but you.

At AuthBridge, we have a solution called IndiaVerify where people can self-verify themselves time and again. Because it is better to be safe than sorry. Prevention is better than cure. You don’t want to wake up one fine day to see police knocking on your door and looking for someone who used your name and committed a crime.

See either you catch the person which I think will need serious investigative skills, hi-tech resources and free time in abundance. People who have these can chase the real culprit. Others, simple log on to www.indiaverify.com and save yourself from the fraud.

 

So what are we waiting for? Hurry and self-verify yourself to ensure no Frank Abagnale has forged your Identity.

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5 Things You Should NEVER Fake On Your Resume

Don’t ever fake anything on your resume. No matter how appealing it sounds, you’ll be caught, and it will have an adverse result on your career. Companies need honest employees. Not people who can lie and think that they can get away with it. Which company would trust a person who has lied on his resume? The answer is not a single company or recruiter. Following are the 5 things that candidates will lie or fake on their resume but they should never do it:

 

1.      Salary and Remuneration:

We all want to earn more. We envy them when they announce the salary packages of IIM and IIT students. We have this nauseating feeling where we are on a look out for ways which will help us to get a higher package and the easiest way some people think to do that is inflate your salary on your Resume. Assuming that no one will be able to verify it but most job-seekers perhaps don’t know that.

2.      Education and skills

An attractive job offer on a portal/career section or newspapers entices you to apply for it, but there is a catch. The skills and qualification required for this particular job does not match yours but your desperation compels you to apply for it and use skills and qualifications which you don’t have, not realising how dangerous it would be for your career if you get caught, which you’ll.

3.      Job profiles:

It is simple. Make your resume attractive so that when a potential recruiter looks at it, he shouldn’t think twice before calling you for an interview. It is not the design part but your last job profile. A content writer becomes a senior content writer. It may not be much for the person who is doing it but means a lot to the company that you’re applying for. They will give you a role based on your job profile and if your skill set does not match, it will not only lead to your embarrassment but hit the productivity and revenue of the organisation you are part of now.

4.      Employment tenures and gaps:

The recent job crisis meant a lot of people lost their jobs and finding a new opportunity was not so easy. It took time. So people try to increase their tenures of their last job or use an imaginary company to fix the gaps. What they don’t realise is that companies nowadays are taking background screening seriously and they will find out and it could spell troubles for you.

5.      Designations and titles

A bit similar to job profiles but an Assistant Manager becomes Manager and so on. It will have an effect on your future if you keep doing it and forging your resumes. Companies know the cost of a bad hire, so rather than investing in a bad hire, all companies invest in a background check which will obviously catch your CV inflation and forging.

 

All this sums up one thing, companies are looking for honest people, they may not have enough skills or the education or experience but be honest and show them why this job matters to you and what you can do to improve yourself and help the company to achieve their goals. You don’t need a fraudulent CV for that. You need ‘Yourself” to stick for you and prove that you can do it.

Companies across the globe are hiring services of the likes of AuthBridge to carry out the background screening. If you are not aware whether you’ll be pass this test, why not try IndiaVerify and self-verify yourself to ensure that your CV will not deceive you in a job interview.

 

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5 common situations when you should do a background check.

Anyone who hires people either for their organisations or for their personal convenience like house maid or a driver should be aware of how important it is to run a background check on their potential employee. It is for everyone’s safety, security and mental peace. You would be surprised to know the number of people who lie to their potential employers about their past-be it employment or any criminal history. We live in a world where it is very important to know our hire the same way they know themselves. Here are 5 common situations when and why you should do a background check:-

 

  1. Know your driver: “Chain se sona hai, toh jag jaaye”. A popular phrase from a TV programme which translates to if you want to sleep peacefully then wake up. It is true. How often do we read news reports about accidents like a school bus full of children involved in an accident? If you are thinking of hiring a driver who will drop your kids to school or you to your office, you need to run a background check on them to know about your driver’s past. Where children or your own safety is involved, make sure to know the background of these people into whose care you entrust your kids.
  2. Marriage Partner Verification: Don’t risk your son’s or daughter’s life with an unverified marital alliance. Marriage fraud today is on the rise. Check, verify and find out everything you possibly can before getting them married. Whether the prospective spouse lives overseas, in another part of India or even from the same city, their background should be checked and verified.  Entering into a marriage without proper verification can cost you and your child emotional and financial damages.
  3. Hiring care givers: Many of us working class people have elderly parents or relatives at home, in need of constant care. We hire a care giver who can take care of our folks but can we trust them? A simple background check will ensure safety of not our elderly folks but our homes too.
  4. Identity theft: So much of our information is available online and there are always chances of someone stealing our identity. So we need to run a self-verification on ourselves to find whether everything on our verification report is fine.
  5.  Renting out your home: Your new tenant may have a past. A criminal past. A police verification may not reveal everything about them. Run a background check on them before you rent out to them because a comprehensive background check will reveal facts about them that will compromise your own safety.

Run a google search with anyone of the situations listed above and see for yourself the amount of news reports or cases that would come up. It should worry you but if there is a problem there is a solution.

IndiaVerify, an online verification service offering from AuthBridge, has been designed for the individual customer. With the wealth of screening experience, especially in the Indian market, the team at AuthBridge understood the need for verification services for the independent user.

Verifying your domestic help, driver, tenant and your marriage partner is as critical to your personal safety and well-being as is screening candidates, vendors and business partners for the security in the corporate world.

So is any of the above 5 situations relevant to you? Then click here and know more on how to run a background check.

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Know your service providers as well as they know themselves!

Let us ask ourselves a very simple question which is “Most of us wouldn’t buy a big-ticket item like a new TV or car without doing some research online first, so why wouldn’t we do the same when hiring people as a driver or a maid?

From the outside, it looks a silly question because we are very traditional people and we prefer to stay on that path. Altering and tinkering with an already established protocol has a tendency to make us skeptical. But we live in a very un-traditional world where we can even hire services of a priest online. Internet and the innovations that resulted because of Internet boom have changed the way we communicate, marry, date, shop, party etc. Our world seems so small now that if an event is happening in the freezing Antarctica we will all be watching it live and know every detail inside out like it happened down the road from where we live. Either we jump on this bandwagon and embrace all that is happening and changing around us or get left behind.

 

But every change brings in new challenges too. Like “how to adapt to these changes?”Let us take an example of how we used to hire maids or drivers in the pre-internet days. We would ask friends, acquaintances or relatives to recommend someone. If it didn’t work, there used to be a Kiryana store (traditional Indian grocery shop) who would have all the information about people who were a maid, a gardener or a driver. Just walk up to him, request and next day he would send someone. But those were simpler times, people were simple and honest. Things have become much more complex and some people seem to have lost that innocence. How can we ensure to get the right, honest person with whom we can share access of our homes, gardens, family and our cars? You read a lot of things on internet, in papers about how maids and drivers have committed crimes. The crimes happened because no one bothered to verify their past which may have been shady. Most of the times when these crimes happen, the culprits are habitual offenders. The people who were recommended to you by your peers, friends or family suddenly appear as shady and you wonder whether you could verify the past of your maid or gardener to ensure they are nice and honest people?

Companies like AuthBridge have adapted to this ever-evolving world and come up with technology driven and innovative services like IndiaVerify that can verify your maids, prospective marriage partners, gardeners or your drivers. A simple way to put an end to all the noise and worries.

The question is, “Would you prefer a life which is hassle free or put yourself at risk of being harmed?” You know the answer.

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Today, trust is built and maintained by verifying your new hire!

Case:
DriveU, an on-demand driver aggregator for private car owners, has acquired Gurgaon-based CallAtHome for an undisclosed amount. With this acquisition, DriveU will now have over 500 partner-drivers across India. DriveU’s on-demand driver services for private cars for travel both within the city limits and outstation travel are available in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. Through this acquisition, DriveU extends its service to Gurgaon.

(The Hindu)

Analysis and recommendations

Innovations in technology have made our lives smooth. Everything is convenient and hassle free. From buying groceries to furniture, from premium fashion brands to the local ones, everything is available just a finger touch away. You just open an app, click on a particular service/product and you get that instantaneously. A decade back, for example, we would spend hours out in the sun just to flag down a taxi, then bargain for the fare, and at the end of it, drivers would refuse to go in a particular direction. If you had a car but you could not drive because of so many reasons, you had to call acquaintances, friends and family members to chauffeur you. Today, the world is different, you can find a driver to drive you anywhere just a click away. But all these smooth and streamlined services have a darker side, a scary one. How safe is it to procure services of a complete stranger? All these companies claim to provide verified house help & drivers etc. but what & how needs to be confirmed. I would need to be assured that the person walking into my home to deliver my grocery is an honest upright citizen who means no harm to me. It goes same for the driver or any other service that I might hire. But how will I ensure that the person who is providing me any service does not mean any harm to me in any way, whatsoever? Be it a materialistic or a physical one.

 

Employers have to ensure that the people they are hiring are not threat to their customers. Most of the employers are content with just verifying their employees through police but what about their past jobs, their residential history etc. How and who will do a thorough background check?

IndiaVerify, an online verification service offering from AuthBridge, has been designed for the individual customer. With the wealth of screening experience, especially in the Indian market, the team at AuthBridge understood the need for verification services for the independent user. Verifying your domestic help, driver, tenant and your marriage partner is as critical to your personal safety and well-being as is screening candidates, vendors and business partners for the security in the corporate world.

We are all different people. Some who trust strangers blindly, some who start to trust but after verifying every claim of theirs? Some who don’t trust at all? But whichever kind you are, a solution like IndiaVerify can build that trust for you.

 

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Millennials: Time to ensure your emotional and physical well-being!

When you leave your home in a small town, India, to follow your dreams in a big metro, your road will probably be riddled with potholes, not always paved in happy technicolour bricks. The big metros with their charm, their diverse and unlimited opportunities still possess the tendency to scare you. Initially, these neon lighted big metros will sway you with their colours and vibrancy but slowly these big metros start to reveal the real face and as you progress, you start feeling terrified about your physical and emotional safety. You may have overestimated not just your own capabilities but of your surroundings too. Your life in this new place starts with house hunting because you have had enough of slouching on your friend’s couch and want a place of your own. The landlords and the agents start asking all these uncomfortable questions. Most of which you’re unable to answer but you end making up answers and manage to get a place. But your troubles just won’t end there, now you require a verification report from the local police station and few references to ensure your landlord is comfortable to rent out their place to you.  The next step is to find someone who can cook and clean for you-a housemaid. You ask around and on recommendation of a colleague, you hire someone. As your journey progresses you start to realise that you require other services as well like a driver etc. Again, you hire someone based on somebody’s recommendation. You finally have this feeling of contentment and happiness. You think that everything is sorted now but one morning while on your way to work, you read a news about a maid stealing from her employer’s house. Next day, you overhear a conversation about a driver who lied about his criminal past to his employer, has committed one more crime. Now you start worrying like the days of yore when you were a newbie to the city. You had thought the days of probably getting kicked to the ground 150 million times and being told you’re nuts by friends and strangers alike were over but they resurface. You feel lonely or terrified for your physical and emotional safety. You wish there was a way to overcome all these troubles. You wish there was a system in place that de-weeds the bad weed and you get worry free services. You keep asking everyone this question, “is there a system or a place that can help you verify your driver or your maid’s past?”

Yes there is. If only you had looked hard at the start and done some research you probably would have found out there are companies who offer services like verifying your drivers/tenants/housemaids and not only that you could verify yourself as well and you can use that verification report to show it to your potential landlords to make house renting process is easy and hassle free for you. It is still not late for you to do just that to ensure your physical and emotional safety. Even though some on-demand businesses claim to provide verified house help & drivers etc. but what & how needs to be confirmed.

So what is stopping you to ensure your emotional and physical well-being?

Verify yourself and your service providers today.

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Better now than never!

Case

The Central Crime Branch officials recently cracked down on a distance learning centre in Tilak Nagar that was offering fake graduation and post-graduation certificates and marks cards. 

The CCB received reliable information that the centre was offering these fake certificates and marks cards to gullible students within 30 days. Based on the tip off, a team of CCB officials raided the centre and arrested a 25 year old woman, who was running the centre. The accused would charge the students anywhere between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 50,000, make them write exams at the centre and issue certificates and marks cards within a month, he said.

(The Hindu)

Let us take a moment to absorb the above news piece and think about the number of people with fake degrees who got away and are working now in private or public sector. We need to ask ourselves a fairly simple question, when and who will verify their credentials before they become a potential threat to our companies?

Analysis and Recommendations.

The Indian education sector is highly unorganised and chaotic. A considerable number of educational establishments keep mushrooming up in every nook and corner of the country. And there are always silent murmurs about their longevity and potential because of their perceived inadequate resources. The market feels that most of these institutions lack the ability to produce highly skilled labour. This is a key concern and a challenge that India faces today. Most of these institutions are unable to entice the majority of students who are unable to pursue a degree at their dream college. To keep up with their running costs and balance the books, these institutions start offering online and distance learning (ODL) degrees through agents or study centres. However, they are unable to meet the criteria set up by UGC to get these ODL degrees recognised. Some students, unbeknownst to them about the registration of these courses end up joining while others in order to advance their careers use these kind of services to get a degree. When the lid is blown off of these degree mills, government bans these educational establishments resulting in a setback to those students who are pursuing an education from their campuses or ODL degrees, reducing them to a category that we can call ‘unable to hire’.

AuthBridge came up with a solution to this problem with self-verification. It is an innovative and technology driven solution that enables candidates to verify their educational credentials, to ascertain whether the institution they received their education from is genuine or not.

So rather than sit back and wait for some government agency to sort this mess up, “shouldn’t you get your credentials verified today? So what are you waiting for then?”

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Your safety is on your fingertips!

Joe Gebbia, co-founder of AirBnB in a recent TED talk asked the audience to pull out their phones. He urged them to unlock their phones which many of them did. Next, he asked them to give their phone to the person sitting to their left. There was a noticeable moment of hesitancy before the audience followed through. At that moment, he shared the challenge his business and other on-demand economies face. They all work in a business of urging people to share their personal space with strangers.

He posed a question, “If you know a bit more about the person on the left before sharing your phone, would it make it easier to share? How much more?” I cannot generalize but I would not be comfortable with sharing my personal space or belongings with a complete stranger. But in a fast evolving world we need to rely on strangers to do most of our work, be it driving us to office or our kids to school, clean our homes, secure our housing societies or deliver goods to us etc. But the question remains, “Are we comfortable to share these things with strangers?” Maybe not. But would we like an efficient system in place that can answer our fears? Yes. We would like an opportunity to know a little bit more about these strangers that will make us comfortable to use their services. A system that holds that critical information about these strangers that is instrumental in building trust.

AuthBridge’s self-verification is an opportunity for people in search of that critical information to know more about these people. A tool that is innovative and technology driven, has been designed for the individual customer. Verifying your domestic help, driver, tenant and your marriage partner is critical to your personal safety. And the on-demand economy that is driving this new way of business is making us think, can we trust people?

How can we ensure that people who drive us around or rent homes to are trustworthy?

Maybe a simple background check?

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Self-Verification- Your doorway to a successful Career!

“India Today’s investigation team recently revealed that this great Indian fake degree bazaar is being run in the heart of the national capital, Delhi. The team has blown the lid off the racket where people are being offered Masters degrees without having to attend any class. The investigation team found out that a significant number of universities and colleges, most of them offering online and distance learning courses are a part of this racket.”

Keeping all this in mind, how certain are you of the authenticity of your degree? Have you ever verified the credentials of your university? Time and again, we come across news mentioning a fake degree racket being busted. To maximise their profits, few universities and colleges come up with phony agents and fake study centres who act like a retail outlet for them, selling fake degrees to people who are on the lookout for a short cut to a successful career in corporate world. And when these retail outlets get busted, everyone associated with them is penalised including those unfortunate few who actually went to these universities to study.

For every single job out in the job market the number of applicants is significantly high. Imagine in such a scenario walking into an interview for your dream job! You ace the interview and everything falls in the right place. You receive a great offer and you are just days away from starting your new job when you receive a phone call from the company’s HR team saying that they’ve withdrawn the offer because your degree or your college could not be verified or it turns out the college was not recognised at all by the UGC or any other government recognising bodies. Your world comes crashing down on you. You are in a dilemma now, not only have you lost the chance of your lifetime but your resume is forged. Would you ever want to be in such a situation?

In a situation like this and to prevent it from happening again, AuthBridge came up with an innovative solution called self-verification, a simple but highly secure and technologically driven solution to hasten and fool proof the self-verification process. Self-verification helps a deserving candidate get the right jobs. So it is time for you to verify your credentials before it is too late. And being a self-verified candidate is an added advantage when applying for a job in this competitive corporate world.

So the question is are you self-verified?

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