Uncovering the truth
We share more information about ourselves online than ever before, which theoretically means any lies or mistakes should be relatively easy to uncover from a quick glance at LinkedIn. However a recent analysis of 3,000 CVs we found that despite this easy access to information about our lives, 63% of CVs contain discrepancies, a rise of 15% in the last decade. Some of these are small, accidental errors but others can be elaborate outright lies, such as the candidate that created a website for a fake school to fabricate his educational background.
Although not all lies or inaccuracies on CVs are that extreme or deliberate, even the slightest anomaly can skew an employer’s judgement and mean they might not be getting what or who they were expecting. Deliberate or accidental, CV lies are a serious problem for every business, with the CIPD estimating that recruiting the wrong person can cost up to £12,000. The ever growing global talent pool has intensified the competition for jobs, and the financial crisis has only added fuel to the fire. Rising tuition fees in the UK have also played a part, with more people now feeling compelled to fabricate qualifications in order to get ahead.