If Only Wonder Woman Could Help You Hire Employees

  • By Mark Ridgeway
  • 21 Nov, 2017
Wonder Woman Lasso of truth

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.

Statistics and surveys  consistently reveal that at least 50%  of job seekers will lie on their resumes.

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 :

  • 73% in Financial Services
  • 71% in Leisure and Hospitality
  • 63% in Information Technology
  • 63% in Healthcare
  • 59% in Retail

Common Resume Lies & Red Flags

The most common resume lies relate to exaggerated job descriptions, job titles, or degrees. Other resume lies include:

  • Skills
  • Dates of employment
  • Awards
  • Former Employers
  • Universities attended and/or if the applicant actually graduated with a degree
  • Foreign languages fluency

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:

  • During the interview, the applicant seems uncomfortable when answering questions about the resume.
  • Read the applicant's body language after revealing that all of their information will be verified.
  • Offer technical or job-related tests to those who claim to have the required skills.
  • Do your own social media research. Remember, however, there is a possibility that you may be reviewing a social media profile that isn't your applicant .

    HR’s Lasso of Truth: The Background Check

    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:

    • Verification of identity
    • Criminal history
    • Education
    • Employment

    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.

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