CV fraud

helloCV fraud is very common

CV fraud in Australia and New Zealand is very common. In fact, 25% of all candidates have discrepancies in their job application according to research conducted by First Advantage*.  So what are they and how do we spot CV fraud.

Let’s first look at the discrepancies:

  • 65% relates to the candidate’s employment history,
  • 20% relates to education, qualifications and institutions,
  • 15% is database differences and criminal and financial fibs.

Reference checks are (as we all know) very important.  And as always, the more you do the better the outcome. Because:

  • Employers conducting 6 reference checks are 12 times more likely to uncover CV fraud compared to those who conduct 2 reference checks.
  • Specifically, research showed 31% of the time a discrepancy was revealed when 6 (or more) checks were done, versus 4% when only 1 to 2 checks were conducted.

So, watch out for CV fraud – Avoid cutting corners

I am a recruiter and have been doing it for more than 20 years:

Be very careful with the conduct of reference checks if you have engaged a recruitment agency on a commission only basis. A consultant paid on “success only” will have a clear conflict of interest conducting reference checks (or any other serious checks and verification for that matter),  especially if something that may eliminate the candidate is found.  No placement – no pay.  My advice is always to do the last part yourself or hire the consultant on an hourly rate or retained basis.

Looking for a CEO recently, I spent hours researching the final candidate as well as the referees he had provided. That research revealed the direct supervisor of his last two positions was his wife! Different surname, and yes, he did report to her. The other three referees could never have supervised nor worked with him. It took some serious digging to flush this out, but it was worth it. Here is why.

* Find report here.  Page 14 for Aus/NZ reports

See also: How to do great reference checks

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