What are the Most Common Resume Lies?

Employers know that the hiring process can turn up a variety of different types of candidates. One of the main tools that you use to distinguish the strong candidates from the weak is the resume. A resume can be a great way to “get to know” your applicants before they come in for their interviews; you can get a sense of their level of experience, their educational background, and what their goals for the future might be. However, lying on a resume is, unfortunately, an all-too common occurrence. What can help you combat this problem? Background checks from AIR Pre-Hire.

The main reason that resume lies are so hard to spot on your own is that generally, the lies are small ones. People recognize that to completely fabricate a company and say that they worked for them or to lie outright about their college degree is nearly impossible to get away with; lies that large can be disproven rather quickly. Instead, people focus on tiny embellishments and exaggerations that they think will be impressive. For example, if you are looking to hire someone in a management position, an applicant might say that they had managerial authority over several dozen employees at their past job, when in reality, they were only the supervisor of a small group. A recent college graduate applying for a job might raise their GPA by a few decimal points in order to seem more accomplished, or another person might lessen the amount of time between employment dates to hide a several-month stretch when they were out of work. It might even be as simple as a candidate saying that he or she is proficient with software, such as Microsoft Excel, when all they can really do is create a basic spreadsheet!

What background checks can do in these situations is separate truth from fiction. By doing a thorough investigation of the candidate and talking to references, AIR Pre-Hire will give you a clearer picture without any “resume-Photoshopping.” That way, you can proceed with your normal hiring practices and pick the strongest candidate for the job.

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AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening.

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Source:

http://www.forbes.com/2006/05/20/resume-lies-work_cx_kdt_06work_0523lies.html

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