Just How Common is Resume Fraud?
clearstar | September 20, 2016
Resume fraud is on the rise in the post-housing-bubble economy. According to a CareerBuilder survey, a staggering 58% of hiring managers have caught applicants fibbing on their resume. Some industries are much more likely than others to catch resume fraud, like Financial Services (73%), Leisure and Hospitality (71%), IT (63%), Health Care with more than 50 employees (63%), and Retail (59%). The most common item that applicants were found to have embellished or outright lied about was their skill set. Candidates often don’t worry so much about these, believing they can learn on the job or that they would never be considered without a certain skill. Look out for skills that seem unlikely due to the candidate’s education or experience level, or that the candidate can’t answer careful questions about in an interview. Hiring someone who claimed to have management experience, but in fact does not, can lead to disaster for a whole team. 55% of employers say they have caught applicants in a lie about prior job responsibilities. Make sure when contacting references that the job description you were provided matches with how they describe their duties.