Wonder Woman has the Lasso of Truth that she can wield, forcing anyone that it’s touching to tell the truth. It’s unfortunate that HR Managers can’t borrow that Lasso in order to see if applicants are embellishing the truth on their resume.
The good news is that hiring managers DO have a not-so-secret weapon to determine the truth-tellers from those who aren't being so forthcoming.
It may seem shocking to read about successful business executives who've lied on their resume . Being found out is mostly an embarrassment but some people are likely to be fired or not gain employment in the first place. Those who have lied on their resume can be anyone from new college graduates to older job seekers who were laid off from a previously long-held position.
Interestingly, Career Builder has identified the industries likely to report resume lies :
The most common resume lies relate to exaggerated job descriptions, job titles, or degrees. Other resume lies include:
While it's common to embellish a skill set to better match the job description, some resumes reveal full on false information that could have an impact on the position within the company.
Hiring managers can look for these red flags after reviewing an applicant resume:
Since most of the lies on a resume relate to former employers, dates of employment, and education, a background check is the perfect weapon for hiring managers .
A basic background check will reveal:
A professional background screening company will also suggest further screening if the job requirements call for it. The best way to keep background check costs low is to prepare a background screening policy that includes which screens should be required for certain job positions.
Employers do want resumes that are custom written for the job the applicant is going after. However, they also need some evidence that the skill sets and other factual information is, in fact, true.
Lying on a resume may mean the applicant isn't qualified for the job to begin with. The small cost of a background check on the front end, could save your company from bigger expenses if the employee is terminated and the hiring process is started all over again.