Interviewing MBAs? Don’t Forgo the Background Screening.

Posted by Kristina Taylor
October 13, 2009

Interviewing MBAs? Don’t Forgo the Background Screening.

It may be a commonly accepted thought that those with higher degrees (master’s level, doctorate level) are less likely to lie on their resumes, but surveys simply don’t support that theory.  In fact, it seems that more and more people — including those with MBAs — are fibbing to get jobs.

What they lie about runs the gamut, from carte blanching “massaging” of job responsibilities to out-and-out manufacturing of appointments and employers.  These persons are hedging their bets that no employer is going to question them; after all, they have a coveted degree.

It’s all the more reason to adopt a policy of consistent background screening across the board (and into the boardroom!)  Whether an organization is hiring a janitorial assistant or a COO, every application must be scrutinized with an appropriate background check.  Even if it seems like overkill, it’s absolutely essential to assuring the health of the company.

Think of it this way:  If someone will deceive you just to get their foot in the door, what won’t they be willing to do?

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