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Candidate Vetting - Beware Resume Frauds

Friday, 23 August 2013

Candidate Vetting - Beware Resume Frauds

From an article by Darwin Redshield:

Vetting candidates is one of the most important tasks in the process of hiring new employees, whether they are vying for entry level positions or a corner office executive position. More than one high-profile company has been embarrassed in recent years by headlines in the national press revealing that one of their top executives was hired based on falsified or exaggerated credentials While a bad hire in your company might not make headlines, it can certainly lead to many other serious problems. 

Dishonest employees can cost you a lot in financial terms, as well as causing turmoil in the work place and damaging the reputation of your company. Recruiting Tracking software can give you the tools to avoid such hazards, providing the means to do comprehensive pre-employment screening. Resume fraud is a growing problem in today's employment market. 

With high rates of unemployment and economic uncertainty affecting so many job seekers, competition is hot and heavy for desirable job openings. While having an abundance of highly-qualified candidates to fill available positions in your company is a great thing, candidates vying for those positions in such a competitive market may embellish work histories and credentials in order to increase their chances of being chosen for the job. 

While some minor embellishments commonly seen on resumes may not affect your company much if that worker turns out to be capable, some truth bending on resumes is done to cover serious issues, such as a history of embezzlement, frivolous lawsuits against employers, or inappropriate workplace conduct that could cause big problems for your business. 

Among the most commonly seen forms of resume fraud is stretching dates of employment, done to cover up things like a job where they were fired, extended unemployment or even time spent in jail. Inflating skills and past accomplishments is common, as is exaggerating responsibilities in a previous position or embellishing in the area of degrees, accreditations or military history.

Omitting past employment or listing fabricated reasons for leaving a job are common as well, and can be an indication of a troubled work history. Even if an employee's resume fraud isn't a cover for a dark criminal past, integrity matters.

 If that person is willing to bend the rules to get his or her foot in the door, what rules might they bend when it comes to sales or accounting? Trust is critical in an employee that will hold a position of responsibility in your company, and since even a mail room clerk has some level of responsibility, that pretty much means everyone.


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Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons


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