By Ashley Mazerolle, Marketing –
In the competitive world of job hunting, the temptation to embellish a resume can be alluring, but recent events at Walmart serve as a stark reminder that honesty is indeed the best policy, even for high-ranking executives like David Tovar, the former vice president for corporate communications.
Tovar’s eight-year tenure at Walmart came to an abrupt end when it was revealed that he had lied about obtaining a college art degree from the University of Delaware. This incident sheds light on the fact that no position, no matter how senior, is immune to the repercussions of dishonesty on a resume.
To combat deception, many large companies, including Walmart, employ pre-employment screening services for thorough background checks. Traci Canning, managing director of First Advantage in Europe and the Middle East, emphasizes the importance of honesty during the application process, asserting that everything can be uncovered through screening.
First Advantage identifies four common areas where job applicants tend to deceive potential employers:
- Education and grades
- Professional qualifications and organization memberships
- Work experience and role
- Unemployment period (time between jobs)
Organizations, irrespective of size, should proactively address these concerns. While not all companies may have the resources for extensive background checks, simple measures like looking candidates in the eye and asking direct questions during interviews can be effective.
For critical positions, more advanced methods of lie detection may be warranted. The key takeaway here is that organizations must be vigilant in their hiring processes, recognizing that even seemingly insignificant falsehoods can have far-reaching consequences. The Walmart incident serves as a cautionary tale, urging both job seekers and employers to prioritize transparency and integrity, ultimately fostering a workplace built on trust and credibility. After all, the truth has a way of surfacing, and it’s better to face it head-on from the start.