ExecutiveChronicles | A New StaffCircle Survey Displays the Surprising State of Recruitment Process Lies | Your resume is the most important document you’ll need whilst applying for a job – it is a complete snapshot of who you are and why a company should hire you. It should include as much detail as possible to help you secure a job, but are people honest as they can be when drafting their resumes?
StaffCircle surveyed 1,500 employees and 32% said that they lied in their CV to get the job they wanted. Let’s explore more of these results findings in more detail…
The most common reasons for not telling the truth
People may nearly meet all the requirements for a job role in terms of personality and fitting in with the company culture, yet they might not be a suitable fit because of a lack of experience. Fears about not having sufficient experience proved to the reason employees lied the most, and over 50% revealed they twisted the truth about their previous work experiences.
Furthermore, 26% of respondents stated they were not honest about their previous salary. People would usually do this hoping to secure a better pay package, and 38% revealed they exaggerated their skill set.
18% of the survey participants declared that one of the reasons they lied during the recruitment process was because they wanted a change in career, and there can be many reasons why someone would want to pursue a career change.
How will lying on CVs get employees in trouble?
42% of employees shared they were able to get an edge over the competition of other candidates and that lying actually helped them get the job they wanted. Nevertheless, it’s still extremely risky to lie throughout the recruitment process as people will eventually get found out.
For instance, 23% of individuals who could secure a job by lying on their CV were fired in around six months. Also, 14 people from the survey even experienced legal issues because of lying on their CV.
To prevent such legal issues from occurring the future, companies need to enhance their recruitment process and clamp down on employees being able to fabricate the truth so easily. One of the most effective ways to do this can be through the use of a 9 box grid model. This helps managers pinpoint employee performance and provides managers with a better understanding of talent management and plan ahead for the future.
Recruiters are usually on the lookout for lies in resumes, but they won’t always tell an applicant that they were rejected based on the lies they made on their CV. Lying on your CV is detrimental since it can give you the ‘do not hire’ label in a company’s recruitment process.
Employees’ lies can affect an organisation’s productivity in the long run. An employee who is lying at the very beginning of the recruitment process will most likely not be true to the company’s goals in the long run, and they will eventually be caught out due to clear skills shortages.
Companies need to be vigilant in improving their recruitment process and ensure that they implement measures that enable them to only recruit the best possible person for the job.
ExecutiveChronicles | A New StaffCircle Survey Displays the Surprising State of Recruitment Process Lies