According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, approximately 20% of job seekers inflate their educational credentials and 61% of HR professionals say that they “often” or “sometimes” find resume misrepresentation while investigating prospective hires.
The most common areas for misrepresentations can be found in the candidate’s educational credentials, job title, or job responsibilities. Below are some ways to spot potential resume fraud:
- If the candidate misspelled the company she claimed to have worked for
- If the candidate left out specific dates of employment (ex: using the year only and not month/year)
- If the candidate left out date of graduation for degrees
- If the candidate is vague about his/her reasons for leaving past employments
- If the candidate is unwilling to provide references