Document Verification – Why you Should Stop Embellishing your CV
Embellishing your CV is often seen as common practice. In fact, a poll by YouGov estimated that 1 in 10 Brits lie on their CV. But where is the line between creative truth and fraud? In this competitive job market, people often feel the need to stand out as much as possible, but is the risk for both employer and candidate growing?
The UAE recently spoke out about the legal implications of employees making false claims on their CV, with the threat of jail time if they were discovered. South Africa have also recently announced changes to the law which will see much tougher consequences for job seekers found to have lied about their credentials. We expect other countries to follow suit very soon.
The fact is, it’s almost culturally accepted in the UK as it has never been standard practice to have background checks performed in most industries. This doesn’t usually include roles in positions of trust, such as policing, teaching or banking where financial and criminal checks are important.
Why is verification important to my business?
There are many reasons that the information in front of a recruiter or HR representative needs to be both accurate and honest. These could include:
- The company’s professional integrity
- Trust between the employer and candidate
- The integrity of the applicant as trustworthy
- Time and money being invested in the application process
- Time and money being invested in training
- The impact on company productivity if the wrong person is hired
- The safety of other employees potentially being compromised
The cost of requesting checks on a potential employee’s work history and qualifications is minimal compared to the cost of several weeks or even months of wasted resources if they do not meet the role requirements. Once the wrong candidate has been hired, it is much harder to deal with any discrepancies on a CV. If you discover something on the candidate’s CV which is untrue, you will need to have reasonable grounds for dismissal and be able to prove that this information significantly impacts the employee’s ability to perform their role. The longer they have been with you, the more difficult it will be to dismiss the employee.
The impact is twofold. Your company loses both time and money, and possibly has to start the recruitment process again.
What’s at stake if we don’t adopt these processes?
It’s likely these checks will become the norm in the future of recruitment. According to a study, a staggering 89% of graduates said that they would be much less likely to lie on their CV if they knew that they would be undergoing employee checks. According to the YouGov study, 40% of lies were found to be regarding their qualifications and education.
This is all the more reason to make checks a standard part of your onboarding process, ensuring that the applicants who get through your door are genuine and your resources are being used in the right ways. With a potential outlay of over £ 4,000 just to advertise and fill a single position, these education and work history checks are an obvious and easy choice to save you money in long run.
With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, over half of job seekers have admitted feeling the pressure to give their application an edge over their competitors. As a business or recruiter, it’s therefore becoming even more important get ahead of the game and begin implementing these preliminary verification checks in your hiring process.
Vital Consular can perform both education and employment verification checks. We focus on relevance. Rather than simply checking the most recent position, we ensure we investigate the role, qualification or experience which is most relevant to the position being applied for. That way, you know that the candidate is a good match for your company’s needs.
Download our help sheet today to find out more about our employee verification services. If you’re interested in having these services completed on your behalf, get in touch with us today via our live chat system, call us on +44 (0) 330 088 1142, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or find our services through our site here.