Many Jobseekers Can’t Resist Lying on CVs


More than 1 in 3 (37%) job seekers confess to exaggerating on their CVs according to research by HR and payroll solutions expert NGA Human Resources.

Key findings:

Over one third (37%) of candidates lie on their CVs and job applications
Skills (47%) and interests (47%) are the most common exaggerations
One in three candidates (33%) admit to embellishing their career history – and yet, 79% of candidates know this information will be checked
More than 1 in 3 (37%) job seekers confess to exaggerating on their CVs according to research by HR and payroll solutions expert NGA Human Resources.

Skills and interests are the two most common areas to contain misleading information with almost half (47%) of candidates confessing this is the case.

More shockingly, easily verifiable information such as career history (33%) and qualifications from school (24%) follow close behind.

Even the threat of being discovered doesn’t seem to deter candidates from lying. Job seekers are well aware that their information may be checked during the application process. When asked, they thought references (86%), career history (79%) and professional qualifications (76%) would most likely be verified by a potential employer.

Circle's Managing Director Steve Ricketts comments: "There can often be a presumption amongst candidates that the referencing process will not be thorough, allowing them to embellish their CVs. Interestingly, this is often true. Our advice to hirers is to adopt a professional vetting procedure which can minimise risk. Many of our customers prefer to outsource this to us, and we have several levels of cost effective vetting services available".

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Post by Peter Hutchins April 17 2018 Categories: News, Recruitment