CV fraud, where someone lies on their CV to help improve their chances of getting a job, is a problem that businesses have to face more often than you might think.
Bdaily recently shared research from Prospects, which found that nearly half of employers in the UK have had a candidate lie about their degree on their CV. This applied for 49 per cent of large businesses and 48 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
This either involved the candidate falsely claiming to have a degree, or inflating the grade they received during their studies.
What’s more, the research found that one-fifth of employers didn’t verify degree qualifications as part of their pre-employment screening process. To be clear, verifying is not seeing the paper certificate, as these are easily faked, but using a pre-employment screening provider like Agenda to verify directly with the awarding body/organisation.
Head of higher education services at Prospects Chris Rea explained why it’s so important for firms to be aware of degree fraud on people’s CVs. “Businesses need to be able to trust their staff, so it’s important to ensure integrity right at the very start,” he stated.
Mr Rea also suggested that checking degree qualifications should be a standard part of any pre-employment screening and go hand-in-hand with reference checks.
And it seems that it’s not only degree qualifications that candidates lie about on their CVs. Business Matters Magazine recently shared research from Alexander Mann Solutions, which found that falsely claiming skills was the most common kind of CV fraud, applying in 51 per cent of cases.
Inflating job titles was another form of CV fraud identified in 47 per cent of cases, while listing fake qualifications was another issue identified in 31 per cent of instances.
Recruiters are picking up many cases of CV fraud before a candidate is presented to businesses, with 53 per cent of cases caught at interview stage, 41 per cent during a phone interview and 49 per cent during background checks.
The news provider stated that this research highlights the importance of carrying out thorough background checks on any candidate you’re thinking of employing in your business.
Using a specialist firm is the best way to ensure this gets taken care of properly, especially if it’s not something your business regularly deals with.
Claudia Nuttgens, global head of assessment and selection at Alexander Mann Solutions, told the publication that although there are an increasing number of technological solutions to help with background checks and CV fraud detection, firms should be wary of relying on these alone.
“At the end of the day, people will remain central to any new screening process. The detection of fraudulent cases will still rely heavily on a recruiter’s skills and capabilities, rather than on tools or technologies,” Ms Nuttgens stated.
Of course, if you’re not using a recruitment agency, you may want some additional support in carrying out background checks with a company that’s experienced in this area. Even recruitment agencies could benefit from working with a dedicated pre-employment screening firm to ensure they don’t miss anything.
All of this research simply underlines the importance of carrying out these pre-employment checks to ensure that you are getting the best person for the job and aren’t going to be left with an employee who is unable to perform in a given role.