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With the stiff competition for jobs, some applicants tend to ‘exaggerate’ their CVs. This exaggeration can take the form of increasing CGPA, it could be a job title that sounds a bit more impressive than the actual job position the applicant held in reality. Depending on the CV, candidates may list jobs they never had, companies they never worked for, degrees they’ve never received or professional certificates they do not possess.

If you are an employer, how can you avoid hiring someone who is not nearly as qualified as they led you to believe?

  • Do Reference Checks: Checking the references of prospective employees is often left until late in the process, if it’s even done at all. Checking references is a great tool in deciding between equally qualified candidates or weeding out those applicants who won’t be suited for your company’s culture. While there is a chance that applicants listed references that would lie for them, it helps to talk to a third party like a former employer or colleagues. You can confirm straight facts like job title, responsibilities and employment dates.
  • Run Verification Checks: look into university records to see if an applicant ever received a degree from the specified institution. One of these screenings might check with a state licensing body to see if the applicant has the certifications he or she claimed. An applicant who has brazenly invented a university degree, professional certificate or former job is one who has either committed fraud or dangerously close to committing one. You don’t need that kind of reckless dishonesty in your organization.

Always remember, stay legal when making enquiries about references and verification checks. If you don’t want to do all the calling by yourself, there are companies that you can hire to verify key pieces of CV information, like Dragnet’s Verifications. Our Verification service is designed to ensure that applicants claims are independently verified while adopting the highest level of integrity.

In an ideal world, every CV would be an accurate reflection of an applicant’s educational and professional history. While not every applicant would lie, in the off chance that you discover an inaccuracy in your top candidate’s CV, have it verified before submitting it for interview.

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How to Effectively Sniff Out CV Inaccuracies

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