Applying for their dream job, or any job, can bring out the worst in some people. Studies consistently show that at least a third of all candidates are prone to ‘embellish’ their suitability for the job they want.
The three most common lies you will encounter in a recruiting situation are:
1. Falsifying or exaggerating qualifications, often including courses that were started but never finished.
2. Inflating experience or expertise by inflating past salaries and titles, perhaps by exaggerating the level of involvement in important business deals.
3. Discrepancies in employment dates such as extending end dates to cover periods of unemployment.
Experienced interviewers are good at reading the signs, but even obvious ‘clues’ may be misinterpreted:
There are some more subtle indicators of untruths in the interview:
There are two main steps in the recruitment process where candidates are prone to deception in order to improve their chances: the CV and the interview.
If these are your only sources of information for recruitment decisions, you are at risk of employing someone who may be dishonest in other aspects of their relationship with you, your colleagues and your clients.
1. Screen carefully for minimum eligibility requirements. Don’t be dazzled by a sparkling resume if there are gaps in qualifications or experience. The best way screen is by using an application process that includes an application form, either physical or online.
2. Check qualifications with the issuing institution. Job applicants can – and do – falsify diplomas and transcripts. Is not checking worth the risk to your business?
3. Use structured interviews with clear, concise and relevant questions, including behaviourally based questions.
4. Always reference check and include the question ‘Would you hire this person again?’
5. Use a personality test that specifically identifies deception and other behavioural tendencies that might lead to future problems. The Harrison Assessments questionnaire is the most deception-proof in the assessment industry.
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