How to discourage candidates from lying


Lying is not what we want our candidates to do

Lying – Okay, let’s face it – Some candidates lie – Not all, only some.  But “some” is still more than we want. Many candidates also extend the truth or withhold information in the hopes you’ll hire them.  When it is deliberate – it is lying. This is a concern because we judge people based on the information presented to us; mostly, as delivered by the candidate themselves.

In fact, 27% of all candidates have discrepancies in their job application.

See: Fraud CVs

Recruitment is all about maximising your chances of hiring the best candidate for the job and minimising the risk of hiring an unsuitable employee. Therefore, we need to encourage the candidates to stick to the sentence: “…tell the truth and nothing but the truth… so help me God”. (Maybe a little over the top – but close enough).

Here is a suggestion

Prior to the interview, email the candidate with a “Candidate Declaration Form” to be signed before the interview.  It could include the following statement:


This should make the candidate think twice before providing misleading information.

When signed, commence the interview.


The same applies to Interviewers. Candidates repetitively tell that the reason they are looking for another job is that the company mislead them during the interviews. So, it goes both ways.

See also:

The question I ask all applicants

How to identify CV fraud


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Christian Madsen
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Lying – Thank you for showing interest in our Company and applying for the listed job vacancy. The aim of this recruitment process is to ensure we hire the right person for the job. Therefore, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you require to make sure this position is right for you. We promise to be honest and truthful in our answers. We expect the same from you too. If we find that you have: Provide inaccurate information, Manipulate the truth, or Deliberately withhold information during the recruitment process – including lying, your application will be rejected. Please confirm, by signing this document that you will, to the best of your ability, not provide inaccurate information, manipulate the truth or deliberately withhold information during the recruitment process.

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