If I think an applicant is lying about some of the things on their resume, what should I do?

If you suspect that someone is being dishonest on their resume, your best course of action is to conduct your due diligence and vet the information thoroughly. Ask the applicant and, if possible, verify information independently. Asking Candidates About Inaccuracies The easiest and most straightforward way to address potential inaccuracies is to ask the applicant […]

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If you suspect that someone is being dishonest on their resume, your best course of action is to conduct your due diligence and vet the information thoroughly. Ask the applicant and, if possible, verify information independently.

Asking Candidates About Inaccuracies

The easiest and most straightforward way to address potential inaccuracies is to ask the applicant directly. If you’re meeting with them in person, look for body language like crossed arms and lack of eye contact, which may indicate dishonesty when discussing problem areas. If they avoid answering your questions, that may be also be a sign that something is amiss. Asking them to recount information or elaborate on a position they claim to have held, can also help you test the validity of their resume.

Following Up On References

When something seems fishy, go directly to those in the know. You may want to get in touch with HR departments and college registrar offices, in addition to the provided references. Neutral third parties may be able to verify terms of employment, degrees conferred, licenses held, and experience earned.

Final Tips

If you discover a candidate has lied, you can make it clear to them that their dishonesty is the reason why they’re not being hired. Vigilance early on can certainly be helpful in weeding out dishonest resumes.

Helpful Links:

Lying on a Resume – FindLaw.com

Spotting the Liar – SHRM.org

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