China Watch Blog has learnt that two in every five Hong Kong employers have received resumes that contain lies, and 20% of them cited bogus academic qualifications, a survey shows. But the problem is twice as bad over the border.
SCMP cited Hudson Global Resources as saying that it interviewed over 1,500 employers across Asia – including the mainland, Hong Kong and Singapore – in August. And almost 70% of mainland respondents said they had encountered dishonest job applicants. The proportion was 40%, or barely half, in Hong Kong.
But when it came to falsification of degrees and other qualifications, the gap was even bigger.
Of the employers who spotted false applications, 42% on the mainland said they included bogus academic qualifications, more than twice the 20% in Hong Kong.
In both regions, pay and job responsibilities are the information most likely to be distorted on applicants’ resumes. The industries that see the most falsification are not the same in both places, though.
On the mainland, media, public relations and advertising companies are the most likely to see candidates who exaggerate or falsify information, with 91% of employers from these industries saying they had seen dishonest applicants. But the same industries in Hong Kong are fairly close-knit and dishonest applicants relatively uncommon.
The problem is more prevalent in banking and financial services in Hong Kong, where 46% of employers interviewed said they had come across dishonest candidates.
Brian Renwick, vice-chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong, said a “volume issue” – there are more employees on the mainland – could be behind the higher incidence of dishonest applicants.
“Most often it’s exaggeration rather than outright lying,” he said, adding that applicants sometimes lied about having secured a degree of GCSE but they are in the minority, and candidates are more likely to inflate their previous salaries.