In a recent survey of 1000 workers and 300 senior managers, staffing agency The Office Team (a Robert Half Company) reported almost half (46%) of the respondents know someone who lied on their resume. This represents a 21% increase from the same survey in 2011.
Men (51%) seemed to know more liars than women (39%), and lying apparently is more common with a younger the age group. Among 18-34 year old, 55% report knowing resume fabricators while that number drops to 41% among 35 – 54 year-olds and 36% for the 55+ age group.
The most common lies known to be found on resumes relate to:
- 76% Job Experience
- 55% Job Duties
- 33% Education
- 26% Employment Dates
How do hiring managers feel about how often people try to pull one over their resumes? 48% responded that it’s “not very often” or “never!”
Lastly, only 38% responded that they have removed a candidate from consideration upon finding fabrications on their resumes! What about the other 62%? Would someone misrepresenting themselves misrepresent your products, services, and capabilities? Steal company physical or intellectual property?
It’s always better to under-promise and over-deliver. That’s the path to putting a halo on your company’s customer service, but will you get that from someone comfortable with over-promising on their experience & capabilities from the start?
If your company doesn’t have the resources to perform your due diligence, ask us how we can help with employment & education verifications, referencing, checking for civil judgments, credit history, criminal backgrounds as well as candidate personality profiling & job fit assessments.
Hire smart – Hire safe!