Resume Fraud Is Rampant. Really, REALLY Rampant.
Extra, Extra! Read all about it! C-level executive stone-cold busted for resume fraud!
False information listed on resumes is a rampant problem, even among the senior-most levels of business. It wasn’t long ago that Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Communications David Tovar resigned, reportedly because the company found out that he didn’t have the bachelor’s degree as he had claimed on his resume during a promotion screening. According to a very informative article posted on Bloomburg’s BNA’s website:
If the reports are correct, Wal-Mart certainly has plenty of company. Of the 619,000 educational verifications HireRight [an Irvine, California-based background screening company] did for employers over the past 12 months, 32 percent had discrepancies. As to previous work experience candidates claim to have had, HireRight’s employment reports have a 27 percent discrepancy rate based on 292,500 employment verifications in the last six months. The highest discrepancy rates overall on the company’s reports are found in defense/aerospace, government, retail and transportation.
The article goes on to say that the problem is global, with education being the biggest problem area. “Enhancements” are found in resumes from every corner of the business world. Overall, experts say that 42 to 55 percent of resumes have some type of embellishment or inaccuracy in them. That’s a lot of enhancement!
Sometimes these elaborations are minor, like a person rounding up the number of years they worked at a company. But other things, like someone saying they have a bachelor’s degree in accounting when they actually were a few credits short of graduating, are a bigger concern for employers.
Steps to help see through the smoke and mirrors
Maybe you can’t find all the overly exaggerated claims in the resumes you are reading, but you can do your best to spot out-and-out fraud. Here are some tips:
- Conduct background checks before you bring new-hires onboard.
- Consider rescreening internal candidates for promotions, that includes the time between their initial hire and now.
- Be consistent about how you examine resumes, so that you don’t miss anything and keep the process fair for everyone.
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