Caught in a Resume Lie

Aug 13, 2020

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Have you ever lied on your resume? Can a white lie even be spotted by recruiters, and will it cost you in the end? As it turns out, those lies are spotted more often than not — and yes, they can cost you the job.

A recent study has found that over 77% of recruiters, hiring managers, and HR professionals have spotted a candidate lying on a resume. What’s worse, only 3% of professionals said that a resume lie would not cost a candidate the job. Whether it’s a complete deal-breaker or a dark mark on your candidacy, lying on your resume can get you in deep water during your job search.

3 Ways Recruiters Spot a Liar

The problem with lying on a résumé is that the odds of getting caught are high. Especially when recruiters are wise to the fact that so many people fib on their résumés. Many recruiters are skilled enough to do simple searches on social media to determine if a candidate’s résumé is accurate. But even if dishonest candidates slip through the initial screening process, here’s how recruiters spot a liar before they hire:

  1. Using behavioral interviewing techniques. By asking detailed questions about a candidate’s work experience, recruiters can tell by the depth of the response if the person is lying. For example, if a candidate claims to have 10 years’ experience as a team leader, the recruiter will ask for examples of how the person has hired, trained, and even fired talent. The quality of the responses will show if the experience is real.
  2. Doing a background check. Detailed reports can be used to validate past work experience, degrees acquired, money earned, criminal records, whether certifications are current, and much more.
  3. Backdoor reference checks. Some recruiters research and secretly contact ex-colleagues of a candidate to inquire about his or her performance. Their goal is to speak to someone not recommended to them by the candidate, since most references have been coached to say only good things. Instead, the backdoor reference catches the unassuming colleague off-guard and provides the recruiter with a way to validate what the candidate claims to have done on past jobs.

Once recruiters find out a candidate has lied it ruins any chances of that person getting a job with the company.

Studies show 80 percent of jobs are gotten via referral. Many companies offer their employees hefty referral bonuses as incentives for referring good candidates to their jobs. By making friends with employees on networking sites like LinkedIn, job seekers can demonstrate how their personalities and aptitude are a match for the employer. This makes not having an exact match in experience less of an issue.

Should you need assistance in recruiting employees for your company get in touch with Uphando Forensic & HR Services

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