I'm a software engineer at a startup. When people apply to the company to work here, their resumes get passed around the engineering room, where we give them a simple yes/no to a phone interview. My company posts all over the standard job sites.
I've noticed a pattern with the resumes. Every batch of resumes has a few from either Indian or Chinese students. They all have these characteristics:
- Name is so common that google doesn't say anything about it
- Bachelor's from a university presumably in the applicant's home country
- About to attain a Masters in (usually) electrical engineering from a local popular university
- No work experience or work experience where the company is not named
- Coursework projects usually contain some sort of multithreaded library, database project, software related to automated/solar/concept vehicle, etc
- Most of our engineers say yes to an interview but they don't end up interviewing with us
Now, most of these could be coincidences explained by cultural patterns, prejudice against unexperienced foreign engineers, the way that these universities advise their students, etc. But they just feel like they're procedurally generated.
Is there an explanation for these similarities beyond the cultural reasons listed? What reason would someone have to make fake resumes, and is there any documented case of this happening?
EDIT: This company is based in the US