Let’s face it: the job market today is competitive. One job opening may have hundreds of applicants, many of whom possess prestigious degrees and diverse skill sets. While sorting through these applications, you might wonder, “How do I know that this candidate is being honest about their qualifications?”
It is unwise to assume that everything on resumes is 100% true because hiring someone without proper skills or training can put businesses at a huge disadvantage. In a recent article in “Global, Banking, & Finance Review,” the CEO of a referencing checking software, Simon Houlton, gave advice on how to tell if job candidates might be lying on their resumes.
Top Suggestions for Spotting Lies
Houlton suggests that candidates be asked specific questions about events listed on their resume or CV. For example, you can ask the applicant to recall specific moments that were enjoyable during their volunteer work in a developing nation. If the applicant is struggling to answer or answers superficially, this could be a red flag. Luckily, contacting references or using reference checking tools can vet past experiences and educational history. In order to verify that a candidate has a specific skill set, you can give the candidate a task to demonstrate their ability. This can give clues about the candidate’s work ethic and mastery of skills. Lastly, Houlton encourages looking up social media accounts and holding face-to-face interviews in order to get a better sense of the candidate’s life and abilities.
Increase Integrity in the Workplace
Despite these tips, it’s impossible to tell whether an applicant is lying in every situation. Additionally, it can be draining for a hiring manager to always be on the lookout for dishonest tendencies among applicants. Converus’® new employee integrity test, IntegrityDetect™, offers a solution. This test uses reaction time and a machine-learning to help you to identify those potential candidates that have high levels of integrity. Learn more about IntegrityDetect here.