Is the person on the CV the person you employed?
A recent article in the People Management Magazine will astound you with the details about CV fraud. 63% of candidates checked by one company were found to have anomalies in their CV. More astounding still is that 67% of under 25 year olds would be happy to lie in their CV’s and job application. Would you lie in order to get the job of your dreams? There are thousand of websites that discuss the subject of lying on your CV and also now blogs available that help you when you have lied what to do when youve lied on your CV !
What about 14% of UK students who know how to get a copy of a fake degree certificate. Looking in to this subject it was disconcerting to read the straplines of fake degree websites which say ‘no studying, no fees and no ability, sounds like you need a degree’, although the disclaimer does say they cannot accept responsibility for amongst other things humiliation and redundancy! Do people really use fake degrees? Scott Thompson Former CEO of Yahoo ‘an embellished college Degree or Dennis ORiordan’ Top City Lawyer lied If you’d like to read more this article in Business Insider is a fascinating insight into the lengths people will go to lie on their CV. All very glib reading but if you are the employer, all very worrying. So how can you ensure this doesn’t happen to you. In December CIPD will be offering a downloadable Pre employment Checks – An Employers guide. In the meantime there are a couple of guides including this pre employment factsheet. But beware this is all a legal minefield and you need to ensure you are following correct procedures. It is no longer as simple as phoning a previous employer to get a reference. Be open and honest with the candidate and let them know you will be doing through check son their CV and background, giving them the opportunity to disclose ‘an error’ before you chance upon it. There are courses you can attend which can assist you to gain a clear understanding of the law relating to recruitment and selection and learn how to ensure that your organisation’s recruitment policies and procedures are legally compliant.