It's always good to believe the best in people. However, some job candidates may attempt to embellish or lie about items on their résumé in order to appear more qualified and experienced than they actually are.
It's important to keep an objective and tempered view of applicants. Here are some of the common areas prospective employees may lie about.
Some applicants may embellish their educational qualifications. In fact, depending on the job they are applying for, they may not actually meet the stated requirements.
In many cases, however, instead of telling outright lies, they may simply exaggerate their schooling credentials.
2. Background Check
Even if a background check of an applicant reveals past offences, they may attempt to water down the implications and consequences. They may try to shrug off a sizable offense as a minor incident. Make sure you have a holistic understanding of any past offenses candidates may have.
3. Criminal Record
Some job candidates may attempt to hide their criminal record by changing their date of birth or the spelling of their name.
They may assume that a record of past offences lessens their chances of getting the job, and therefore try to hide past criminal activity.
4. Drug Use
Roughly 32% of Australians have admitted to using an illicit drug at some time. Prospective employees may not readily admit to drug use, especially if they still use substances on a regular basis.
Some candidates may attempt to show that they were at a position longer than they actually were. They may also try to embellish or pad out their portfolio with falsified information.
What appears to be two-year tenure might actually turn out to be a six-month stint in the latter months of one year and the early months of the following year. If in doubt, try to get to the bottom of the matter.
Proficiency in a particular skill - especially undemonstrated - may at times indicate limited experience in that field.
A prospective employee might try to supplement their résumé with unverified skills, especially if they are applying in a field they have little or no previous experience in.
A prospective employee might supply you with inflated salary figures at their previous place of employment. They are likely looking to artificially increase their personal value and earn more from the position they are applying to.
If an applicant fails to show for an interview or they don't make it to a meeting on time, it is possible that they have an entire history of tardiness.
It is always good to determine whether they are missing appointments for valid reasons or not, but if they seem to have an excuse for everything, they probably won't make for a good employee long-term.
An applicant may attempt to hide the details surrounding their previous termination, particularly if it was of a sensitive nature. They may not want to reveal that they were fired from a position for misconduct or delinquency.
It's important to get a solid understanding of the details around their previous termination.
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