Oh, how do we lie? Let me count the ways; with a small lie, when you respond to your spouse’s question, “Do I look fat in these jeans?”; to your kids when you promise, “This needle won’t hurt a bit!”; or a giant lie, like Scott Thomson, the ex-CEO of Yahoo, who lied about having a computer science degree!
According to the articles listed below, we lie up to ten times a week – that is a lot of lies over a year, and over the span of a career. The HRM Online article, Six Ways to Catch Resume Lies, states that employment candidates will lie anywhere from 40% to 70% of the time on their resumes. This would mean that close to three quarters of your applicant pool has lied to you before they have even walked in the door. How can that be? What is an HR practitioner to do?
Please read the following two articles and consider some solutions that can be applied to this problem.
The ability to filter and screen resumes is a fundamental skill that all HR practitioners must master to be successful.
- Are all these suggestions legal? Or will some cause greater legal liability and if so what laws would it be violating?
- How comfortable are you using these solutions?
- What else would you do to confirm the validity of a candidates resume?
- A bigger question to ponder, have you eliminate a great hire because their resume did not look as good as others because they DID NOT lie?