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40% of Applicants Lie on Their Resumes – Here’s How to Find the Truth

by | Mar 2, 2018

Credit: Michal Kazin

A recent study reported that almost 40% of applicants lied on their resumes at some point in their careers. And they usually get away with it – nearly half of human resources professionals do not always check listed employee qualifications. The most common fabrication we see is applicants listing degrees they never earned or fell short of earning. Although you may only have an applicant’s resume, it should not be your only source when examining an applicant’s employment credentials.

LinkedIn is an easy source of additional information.

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In our daily due diligence work, we often find discrepancies between information provided in a person’s resume and information identified in that person’s LinkedIn profile. A basic LinkedIn profile often lists a person’s education and employment history, including dates of employment and school attendance. The amount and quality of information is limited by the person creating his or her profile. As a result, sometimes the information provided in a LinkedIn profile differs from the information included in a resume.

Other sources can help reveal the truth.

Other sources of information are helpful in verifying credentials. Online and news media may include older resumes and biographies. Regulatory filings (SEC, FINRA) and professional licenses may contain additional employment and education history. Recently, we found a previous version of a subject’s resume online that listed a graduate degree that was not included in the subject’s recent biographies or LinkedIn profile. After checking with the university, we found that the subject only attended the university, but did not earn a degree. This additional information proved to be very beneficial to our client.

Verify information with universities, employers, and regulators.

We often see discrepancies in degree types, degree concentrations, job titles, and dates of employment between an applicant’s resume(s), LinkedIn profile, and other biographical sources. To settle these differences, we directly verify education and employment history with the appropriate universities and former employers, when possible. Professional licenses such as attorney registrations, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) also may not be accurately portrayed. We also verify the status of these licenses with appropriate regulators.

Gryphon Strategies is a leader in pre-employment due diligence.

With nearly 30 years of experience in due diligence and investigations, Gryphon Strategies is a leader in pre-employment due diligence. Our team can handle both comprehensive due diligence and high volume domestic and international background investigations to meet your pre-employment screening needs. Read more about our offerings here.

Contact us at investigate@gryphon-strategies.com for more information.