5 Tricks for Recruiters to Spot Lies on a Resume

By Archna Oberoi | 18th January 2018 | #verification importance

Rectitude is one quality that recruiters discover about the candidates, through resumes. Along with personal background, academic qualification, past work experience, achievement, resume highlights moral codes of an individual, which defines their overall personality.

However, studies suggest that 85% of employers caught applicants fibbing in their resume (in 2017), which is up from 66%, five years ago.

This certainly rings an alarm for the recruiters, warning them to take a strict look at candidate’s resumes so as to verify that they carry the right rectitude in them, making them suitable for initial hiring process.

But, how can the recruiters spot the lies in resume? What are the factors that can assist HRs to spot the lies about a candidate in their resume? Here, we talk about some common factors that generally make recruiters suspect the CVs for lies.

1. Missing Dates in CV

Date of graduation, certification, or employment give some serious hints about a candidate’s continuity in a certain task. If proper dates aren’t mentioned, it makes it difficult to examine any gap in employment or in academic clearance. Such omissions certainly give some valid reasons to suspect the candidate and therefore needs to be verified thoroughly.

2. Escalated Job Titles

For the time spent in industry or certain profile, job titles become obvious. Therefore, if the job title does not complement the experience years, caliber, or academic qualification, then there is a red flag, definitely.

3.  Adorning Accomplishments

Awards, rewards, and accomplishments are a great way to qualify a candidate for his/her potential. However, they sound embellishing, then it is okay to be skeptical about it. For accomplishments that mentions “First one in the company to do THIS/THAT” and that too in reputed firms give a reason to be doubtful. Therefore, a cross-verification in this context is must.

4. Graced Salary Packages

For salary confirmation, weigh the package mentioned on CV with experience and profitability to the firm. If they don’t match, further scrutiny is required.

5. No Validation for Projects Undertaken

If the candidate mentions about working on some major projects in the past, then check out if there are links, docs, or any other proof that can justify their involvement or performance in it. If it’s not mentioned already, ask the candidate for validating the same.

How to Hire Candidates with full Confidence

No matter if there is a doubt about candidate’s rectitude or not, confirming what's mentioned in resume gives assurance for confident hiring.

In that case, referring the ex-employers is one the best way out. However, contacting the employers or other relevant references manually may be time consuming. Therefore, automating the task is the key to fast hiring.

Reference checking tools like OkHire can help recruiters do so. The tool helps to validate all the skeptical points in the resume, ensuring that all information received or communication stays in record.

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