[aa_subtitle_display]Recruiting, hiring, and training new employees comes at a large cost to your business. For that reason, it is important that you maximize the efficiency of the process while simultaneously capitalizing on the effectiveness of it, too.

The last thing you want is to spend the time recruiting only to make a hire that is ultimately unsuccessful and not the right fit for your organization.

One way to maximize the efficiency of your recruiting process is to adequately train your hiring managers to recognize and identify resume lies when they see them.

While we hate to be naturally suspicious of candidates, the sad truth is that it is not uncommon for individuals to exaggerate the truth or flat-out lie on their resume.

In fact, Sterling Talent Solutions reports that 53% of resumes and job applications contain falsifications, and 70% of college students who participated in the survey stated that they would lie on their resume to get the job they desired.

Take a look at the tell-tale signs and most effective ways to identify these fabrications on candidates’ resumes below.


The Most Common Falsifications on Resumes

Job titles

People certainly have a tendency to exaggerate their job titles to make it seem like they previously held more lofty positions or had more responsibility than they actually did.


In order to attempt to make more money in a new job, candidates may put an inflated previous salary on their resume.

Dates of employment

In order to account for or cover up for time where someone may have been unemployed, it is not uncommon for employees to fudge their employment dates at previous jobs.

Certifications or licenses

In order to seem more educated or qualified, candidates may falsely claim to have certifications or licenses that they actually do not possess.


How to Uncover Resume Lies During the Hiring Process

Official verifications are the best way to corroborate what you see on a candidate’s resume prior to pushing the hire through the system.

Sterling Talent Solutions reports that 46% of employment, education, or credential reference checks conducted expose discrepancies between what was noted on a resume compared to what the official source reports.

This is an astounding number that can be quite telling about the actual credentials of an individual along with their integrity, should a lie or a falsification be uncovered.

Employment verifications can be used to verify dates of employment and previous job titles that a candidate held, compensation verification can confirm one’s salary at previous jobs, and an educational verification can attest to what degrees an individual possesses.

Furthermore, a professional credential check can verify what licenses and certifications someone actually has. These are all very valuable and useful reports to ensure that someone’s resume is an accurate depiction of their previous experience, credentials, and overall skills.

How a PEO Can Help

A PEO can assist in implementing these verifications to be completed prior to each hire at the company.

While these may seem tedious, they can save your company a lot of money and from the headache of hiring individuals that are not well-qualified or that do not possess the values that will fit in with your organization.

Call us today to find a PEO that will work best with your organization.

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