Six in ten job seekers lie on CV

Proportion of job seekers using incorrect information at its highest level in years

An increasing number of job applications contain a lie or false information according to new research.

HireRight, a candidate due diligence company, found in its Candidate Health Check study that nearly two-thirds (63%) of applicants provide incorrect information to potential employers, in areas including criminal records, previous employment, educational attainment and membership of professional organisations. 

Over the last twelve months there has been a steady rise in the level of errors. In the third quarter of 2013, July to September, there has been a 12% increase in inaccurate job applications compared with the same period last year.

HireRight’s Candidate Health Check research is based on analysis of more than 75,000 checks of nearly 20,000 applications for 1,800 organisations. 

Steve Girdler, Managing Director at HireRight, comments: “The challenging employment market created by the economic downturn has increased the number of inaccuracies in CVs and job applications, yet most businesses don’t check the claims of those they are about to employ. 

“Companies who fail to put adequate checks in place risk recruiting employees who are unable to fulfil their duties or, in extreme cases, are intent on harming the organisation through fraud or theft.” 

The area where jobseekers are most likely to make false or incorrect claims is their educational background, which is exaggerated or wrong on almost four in ten (38%) applications – the highest rate since records began in 2011.

And over a third (35%) of people include incorrect details in their employment history and a similar number of people make false statements about their professional qualifications and memberships (31%). 

Girdler adds: “Our research shows that everyone from director-level to the shop floor is capable of lying about anything from their education, right down to their very identity. 

“Organisations are disproportionately focused on external threats, such as cyber security, while paying scant attention to the greatest risk to their safety and reputation – properly qualified, professional employees.”


Comments (3)

  • AB
    Thu, 5 Dec 2013 5:28pm GMT
    Had an interview with HR woman who was critical about my 2 year stints with 3 companies despite documentation that the terminations were due to re-organization or companies being bought/sold to other companies. Then I looked up her experience, she had just been hired herself with only 1 year stints at many companies! The high & mighty attitude needs to go!
  • Rick Xu
    Rick Xu@ Carlos
    Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:00pm GMT
    Like your comment Carlos!
  • Carlos
    Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:58am GMT
    Job seekers lies on CV because the HR or the companies want a SUPER profile, SUPER candidate, SUPER skills, SUPER graduated, SUPER languages, SUPER personality, SUPER knowledgements, SUPER in everything... This person doesn't exist, only created.

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