We all know candidates lie on resumes. However, a new study revealed just how many candidates lie – 85 percent! That’s right, the study found that an alarming number of job candidates continue to lie on their resume and job applications.
This is obviously cause for concern for recruiting and hiring companies. Hiring the wrong person can have negative consequences for your company.
So, why are more candidates lying?
Many associate increased fibbing with the increased use of applicant tracking systems (ATS). J.T. O’Donnell on inc.com explains:
“Most companies use some form of applicant tracking system (ATS) to take in résumés, sort through them, and narrow down the applicant pool. With the average job posting getting more than 100 applicants, recruiters don’t want to go bleary-eyed sorting through them. Instead, they let the ATS do the dirty work by telling it to pass along only the résumés that match their specific requirements for things like college degrees, years of experience, and salary expectations. The result? Job seekers have gotten wise to the finicky nature of the technology and are lying on their résumés and applications in hopes of making the cut.”
Naturally, there are also many other reasons to lie, including lack of experience or skills, and a desire to secure an interview.
Identifying potential lies on resumes is vital for hiring companies in order to ensure they are selecting the right candidates for interviews and job offers. Here are some ways to spot resume lies:
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