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CV Lies on the increase

CV Lies on the increase

CV lies continue to pose a problem in recruitment. The Risk Advisory Group’s annual study on ‘CV Lies’ identified that 80 percent of the 5,000 screening cases sampled contained one or more CV discrepancies. The greatest number of CV discrepancies relate to candidates’ academic background (57%) and employment history (59%).

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Proportionally, there is no significant gender difference when it comes to lying on CVs - men and women are equally as likely to lie about their work experience and academic background. 25 to 32 year olds remain the worst offenders making up 38 percent of all inaccurate or falsified CVs.

Some candidates are simply economical with the truth while others fabricate entire back-stories in order to get ahead or hide an unsavoury past.

CV Lies case examples:

  • A candidate who stated she had been a bank employee for four years, which was confirmed verbally by the nominated line manager. The reference received from the company’s human resources department revealed that the candidate was employed for two different periods during those four years. The second employment period was terminated by dismissal on grounds of gross misconduct after she attempted to steal money from a client account.
  • An individual who was due to be appointed as a senior compliance figure at a bank was found to have been struck off the solicitors' roll for stealing client money. This individual had created fictional employment history to cover up the time he spent in prison for this offence.
  • One candidate stated that he had obtained a university degree abroad. When we asked him for further details about the institution, he admitted that it was a bogus university.
  • Another individual, applying for a role in a blue chip wealth management firm was found to have been dismissed for gross misconduct from his previous employer. A criminal record check also found him to have a conviction for robbery.
  • An individual used a virtual office as a fictional employer’s HQ in order to support a job application at a financial institution.

Commenting on the findings, Michael Whittington, Head of Employee Screening at The Risk Advisory Group, says “We are still finding many individuals who are willing to try and secure a role by less than honest means. The findings of our 2017 annual CV Lies report suggest that an employer who does not have a robust employee screening process in place could be putting their business at risk.”

Notes to Editors:
The Risk Advisory Group’s research was based on the analysis of a representative sample of 5,000 CVs. Download the CV Lies 2017 report to read more about the findings and the top trends affecting employee screening.

For more information please contact:
The Risk Advisory Group
T: 020 757 80000

About The Risk Advisory Group
The Risk Advisory Group is a leading independent global risk consultancy that helps businesses grow whilst protecting their people, their assets and their brands.

By providing facts, intelligence and analysis, The Risk Advisory Group helps its clients negotiate complex and uncertain environments to choose the right opportunities, in the right markets, with the right partners.

The company was founded in 1997, employs over 200 people and has offices in Washington DC, London, Moscow, Dubai, Beirut and Hong Kong.

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Published: 24th July 2017
Categories: Press Releases