If a job candidate looks perfect on paper, HR professionals, recruiters and hiring managers should be wary. Sometimes in an attempt to stand out, an applicant makes an unforgivable misstep—lying or exaggerating on his or her resume.
Education and experience are the types of information most often falsified on a resume or job application, SHRM Online reported in April 2015. CareerBuilder found that the most common lies are about the applicant’s skill sets (62 percent), followed by their responsibilities (54 percent), employment dates (39 percent), job titles (31 percent) and academic degrees (28 percent).
Some applicants get creative, such as the ones who claimed to:
- Be a Nobel Prize winner.
- Be a former CEO of the company to which the person was applying.
- Have worked in a jail when the person really was serving time there.
- Be employed at three different companies in three different cities simultaneously.
- Have attended a college that didn’t exist.
- Be HVAC-certified and later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
Sometimes the interviews can be equally troublesome. What do you do when a candidate takes a cellphone call, trembles uncontrollably or maintains a yoga pose throughout an interview? What warning signs should a hiring manager or HR professional shrug off, and what should be considered red flags when talking to job candidates?
Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on December 16 for #Nextchat with special guests SHRM Online writers and editors Kathy Gurchiek (@SHRMwriter) and Roy Maurer (@SHRMRoy). We’ll talk about resumes, interviews and the many red flags that HR should look for when considering a new candidate.
Q1. What are the signs that a candidate is lying on his or her resume?
Q2. What are the things that candidates are most likely to lie about on their resumes?
Q3. What are the signs that a candidate is lying or exaggerating during an interview?
Q4. How much background screening should an organization do on candidates (regarding their previous employment, education, references)?
Q5. What are some of the most awkward interview moments you’ve experienced or heard about?
Q6. What are your "deal-breakers" during a candidate interview?
Q7. What interview advice would you give to inexperienced job seekers or those who just don’t interview well?
Q8. What interview advice would you give to new recruiters or hiring managers?