Lied on your CV? Your employer probably noticed
Almost three quarters of employers say they have spotted a lie on a job applicant’s CV with prospective employees most likely to make the facts around their skills or responsibilities more attractive.
New research from jobs website CareerBuilder found 71% of recruitment managers have noticed the untruths.
The result of getting caught is that 41% of those looking to take on staff will instantly discard the application.
Of those who said they wouldn’t instantly drop the application despite the embellishment, 52% said their course of action would depend on what the candidate lied about.
A more forgiving 6% said they would overlook the lie if they liked the candidate.
“Trust is very important in professional relationships, and by lying on your CV, you breach that trust from the very outset,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder.
“If you want to enhance your CV it is better to focus on highlighting tangible examples from your actual experience. Your CV doesn’t necessarily have to be the perfect fit for an organisation, but it needs to be relevant and most importantly accurate.”
Despite the improving employment market, the pressure to gold-plate a CV remains, with 39% of HR staff saying they had seen in increase in embellishment since the recession.
However, candidates' attempts to stand out from the crowd might be understood by some as the research found that only 51% of employers said they spent more than two minutes reviewing a CV, and one in four spent less than a minute. A speedy 12% said they spent less than 30 seconds on each CV.
The lies most commonly spotted on CVs are overstating skills or responsibilities, with 57% of hiring executives saying they have come across instances of this. Dates of employment are the next most common at 40%, followed by job titles being altered at 36%, then the history of companies a candidate has worked for at 32%, the level of academic degree attained comes in at 27%, and awards won or recognition gained at 15%.
By: Alan Tovey