Spotting Résumé Fraud

May 19 2014 - Hiring - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

The hiring process can be long and frustrating – reading résumés, checking references and interviewing candidates requires significant time and effort. The process can be complicated by applicant deception during the hiring process or résumé padding.

Even top-level execs can provide inaccurate résumés. For instance, Yahoo’s former CEO Scott Thompson stated that he graduated with a degree in accounting and computer science. However, the college he attended did not offer a degree in computer science until several years after Thompson claimed he earned it.

How can you spot résumé fraud? Start with tried-and-true methods, such as obtaining specifics from the applicant, confirming information provided and checking references.

Suzanne Lucas (@RealEvilHRLady) gives several other tips, including testing technical skills and looking for inflated titles, in a recent article on INC.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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