Naughty naughty. The study mentioned below shows that many applicants are telling porky pies about their academic achievements and professional qualifications. And many beleaguered HR departments are not checking the facts prior to hiring.
So what to do if you have an employee who you discover has been more than liberal with any aspect of their CV including omitting certain jobs/roles from their profiles or being somewhat vague about dates they were employed?
A rigorous recruitment process can help weed out any inconsistencies and if you're not entirely sure, place the onus on the candidate to prove their details are correct. Anyone telling the truth will have no problem providing evidence to back it up. And if this is met with evasion - then make sure you double check and reference them. Once you've taken them on you've already invested considerable expenditure in them and whilst you can terminate their contract, you'll be unlikely to recuperate any of these costs.
Almost 100,000 job applicants have lied about their qualifications in the past three years. Worryingly, almost half (48%) of HR professionals in the UK do not rigorously check the validity of applicants qualifications. The study by AXELOS found that almost a third (30%) of organisations admit to bypassing checks if the candidate has previous experience in the role they are applying for, and one in ten will waive checks if the candidate has been recommended by someone senior in the business. However, dressing up qualifications such as degree results or modules can have serious consequences, with 37% of survey respondents saying they would dismiss an employee if they discovered qualification results had been exaggerated.