Will the truth be revealed or will some candidates tell white lies?


How sure are you that the candidate you just recently interviewed isn’t a complete fraud?  Unfortunately, it’s becoming a common occurrence for employers to encounter untruths not only on a resume, but also throughout interviewees responses.  The old adage, “What you see is what you get” may not necessarily be true any longer.  Some Candidates walk through the door with a completely new identity and their past achievements displayed on their resume may actually belong to someone else.

Employers need to beware and make sure “Pinocchio” will not be making an appearance in their office anytime soon, so here are some of the most common fabrications you will find on resumes:

That “Degree” from Harvard.  This is a type of degree looks incredible on paper, but doesn’t actually exist. Believe it or not, according to the 2006-2007 research study conducted by Career Directors International, it’s among the most common lies.

Some Candidates fear not having a college degree will be viewed as a shortcoming and will ultimately result in being overlooked, so instead they decide to create one.  Good thing, this is one of the simplest details to check when running a candidates background.

Gaps in Time.  Altering Employment dates are also common lies seen on resumes, but why?   Candidates are usually trying to hide some sort of information.  Applicants may be trying to hide anything  from gaps in  employment to very serious acts in their past like terminations.  Lastly, job hopping could be another offence that potential candidates would never want revealed.

Hand over your pay stub.  Forbes magazine reported most employers ask how much candidates were making in their past job, but the numbers being given weren’t adding up.  In hopes of the possibility of receiving higher compensation, candidates will outright lie to a potential employer.

To prevent this issue from arising, employers are now asking for a tax return or recent pay stub to determine a candidates past salary.

Job Responsibilities…Too much to do with a very limited amount of time.  Candidates are claiming to have been overwhelmed with all the responsibilities and requirements that were expected of them in the past.  They’re claiming to have skills and job responsibilities they just don’t have.

For example, in an article provided by Flex Jobs, Michael Brown, the former Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), resigned after his mishandling of the response to Hurricane Katrina. To get the job in the first place, Brown claimed he’d overseen emergency services for the City of Edmund, Oklahoma and that he’d worked at the University of Central Oklahoma as a professor, but neither of these were true.

Sooner or later, the truth will ultimately be revealed.  There’s no sense in putting yourself through all that unnecessary grief.  Make sure the next time a potential employee walks through your door, you find out their true identity.

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One Response to “Will the truth be revealed or will some candidates tell white lies?”

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