How Does Pre-Employment Screening Reveal Fraudulent Resume?

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How Does Pre-Employment Screening Reveal Fraudulent Resume?

What does your company know from candidate resumes? It’s good we learn from the case that happened to Yahoo in 2012 when CEO Scott Thompson had to step down from his position for being caught falsifying education degree on his resume.

In fact, based on the First Advantage survey, a global provider of background screening analytics, in 2015 as many as 25% of 2,882 job candidates in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific admitted to state exaggerated information on their resumes.

HireRight also recorded as many as 86% of the 3,028 companies surveyed in the third quarter of 2013 admitted finding lies on the resume of worker candidates.

According to The Society for Human Resources Managers (SHRM) deliberately include false information, exaggerated claim, or removal of relevant information in a resume in an attempt to deceive is called resume fraud.


What are fraudulent parts commonly found on a resume?

AOL survey results conducted online to 18000 respondents found commonly fraudulent information on resume, which were:

  • Excessive salary claims (40%)
  • Job description is not accurate (33%)
  • Altered employment dates (29%)
  • False reference (27%)
  • Fraud education degree (21%)

Therefore, it is important for the company to conduct pre-employment screening in order to ensure that the candidates include honest information and compliance with the company’s qualifications.


How pre-employment screening uncover a fraudulent resume

There are general steps in pre-employment screening in uncovering a fraudulent resume:

  • Read the resume with skepticism. The very first step is reading with skepticism the resume, cover letter, and documents that are attached by candidates.
  • Verify candidate claims for previous jobs. Contact the previous company claimed by the candidate to ensure that it is non-fictitious and to confirm the status of the candidate in the previous company regarding job title, salary, and job description.
  • Verify educational candidate claims. Contact or visit the educational institution claimed by the candidate to ensure it is non-fictitious and legitimate status of the diploma claimed by the candidate.
  • Conduct online checking. Check candidate’s online histories and social media to ensure the online histories match the supporting data on the resume and have clean social media account’s track record.






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