Lying on your CV might sound a bit pointless – after all, you aren’t likely to get the job if you get caught out. Yet figures show that one-third of people lie on the CVs and the problem is so big that the UK Fraud Prevention Office even got involved a couple of years ago, issuing warnings to universities to point out the problem.
The trouble for employers is spotting those lies. You don’t want to assume that people aren’t telling the truth, but you also need to have just a little healthy skepticism in there to help you find the not-truths.
One of the top ways to do this is to be aware of some of the most popular lies used on CVs and start to filter for them. You could make a checklist of things that you need to double check before you advance a candidate along the process based on these lies. Then you could put these checks into place alongside those right to work and other legally required checks.
Of course, you aren’t going to do in-depth checks into every candidate because that would be inefficient and pointless. So, the first step in the process is to spot those lies and that’s where our infographic of the most common ones can be useful.
You could even print it out and keep it near your workstation as a reminder when reading CVs of those key things to watch out for.
If you do spot a lie, you might want to approach the person with it. If there’s just an odd fact that’s a little off, it could be a genuine error. Or there could be a perfectly logical reason for the seeming inaccuracy.
It never hurts to check things out a little, because when you straighten it out, the person might be an otherwise exemplary candidate for the role. But if there are a few things you realise aren’t true, then you might want to cross them off your potential list altogether.
Here’s our list of the 6 most common lies told on a CV to help you filter those candidates.