The pressure to stand out from other applicants may tempt some jobseekers to be less than honest on their job applications. In fact, according to a study by Forensic Psychology, 31% of people lie on their resume. Falsifying education credentials, job experience, and start/end dates are some of the most common fibs, but can also include exaggerating accomplishments and salary.
As an employer, you may be wondering how you can ensure that your candidates are honest. Here are a few tactics:
1. Conduct reference checks. Find out as much information as you can from past employers—previous title, dates of employment, responsibilities, reason for leaving, salary, and job performance. Look up the former employers’ contact numbers to make sure you’re calling the company, rather than a friend or even a fake job reference service.
2. Verify education credentials. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, … Read More »