The Lies People Tell

Posted by Kristina Taylor
May 29, 2009

The Lies People Tell

This article from Forbes.com reveals a rather shocking statistic — approximately 40% of resumes contain false information (a.k.a., bold-faced lies.)  Ouch.

As an employer, that means a whopping four out of ten job candidates who send cover letters and resumes to you are probably fibbing in some capacity.  Maybe they are playing around with dates, perhaps they’re exaggerating the extent of their responsibilities… or they could be hiding something even darker.

It’s no secret that businesses carry the onus to check the backgrounds of their applicants, but many organizations, especially those that are smaller, do not.  And we understand why — it’s time-consuming to check references, call educational institutions and verify employment dates.  Yet that’s no excuse.

The next time you’re searching for the “right” person for a job — any job — do yourself and your employees a huge favor.  Make sure you background screen every single individual you’re considering.

Don’t rely on your instincts to tell you if someone is being truthful.  The facts are there, just waiting to be found.

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