You’ve worked hard to earn that degree and to gain the qualifications necessary for a new job -- but then you lose out to another candidate who appears to have more qualifications than you. So what would you say if you found out the person hired was actually lying on their CV, and didn’t possess the qualifications they said they did?
When it comes to annoyances and hiccups in hiring, that’s only the tip of the iceberg for both job applicants and employers. According to a recent survey, about one-third of applicants put false information on their CVs. In the UK, it can mean hefty penalties if you’re caught, but it’s still happening on a regular basis.
As a job candidate, your best bet is to toe the line and to tell the truth in all aspects of your CV, so as not to get caught in a complicated lie later on. Sure, you might play up your skills a bit, telling an employer that you have "extensive" experience in customer service when you’ve really only done it for a short time, for example, but putting outright lie is still dangerous territory.
As an employer, on the other hand, you don’t want to be one of the many who fail to check that a candidate’s degrees are genuine. Here are some things you should be doing to ensure your job candidates are who they say they are.
Check out the candidate’s online presence.
Some employers go so far as to require candidates to "friend" them on social media sites such as Facebook, so that the employer can really dig into the candidate’s information. Even if you don’t do that, you’ll gain some valuable information through a simple online search, and through looking at what the candidate makes public on social media profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Ask for references -- but not just any reference.
Anyone can ask a friend to be a reference who will validate information, but you can do more than that. Ask candidates to list professional and educational references, such as former employers and former professors. If you can’t get in touch with those people or you can’t verify that the employer or educational professional is associated with the organization specified, take it as a red flag that the candidate might not be who they say they are.
Consider using a verification service.
In a world where people routinely stretch the truth and a third of employers fail to check candidates’ degrees are genuine, there’s no doubt you’re going to run into scammers and liars. While hiring a verification service will cost you extra money, it could save you money in the end, since you’ll know you’re getting a qualified employee who can actually do her job.
In the modern world, plenty of people will try to pull a fast one and get a job for which they’re not qualified -- but in the modern world, it’s also possible to get more information about that person than you might have gotten in the past.