Don’t Get Duped by Puffery: How to Recognize Résumé Fraud

by Evil HR Lady on May 13, 2014

Unemployment is high, and so is résumé fraud, according to executive recruiter Chris Brown. “We’re seeing that more and more people aren’t telling the full truth when they’re completing a job application.”

Exaggerating on résumés has always been a bit of an art form. After all, no one ever describes himself as a below-average performer who attempted to push his difficult or boring tasks off on to co-workers. We know that going into the situation. (And let’s face it, hiring managers lie as well. How often have you gone for an interview where the hiring manager says, “Well, basically, this job is lousy, because I’m a terrible manager. I’ll allow pushy co-workers to walk all over you, yell at you for things that aren’t under your control, and base my year-end salary increases on how much I like you.”?)

But which signs do you need to be wary of? And how do you recognize a fraudulent résumé?

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Northern HR May 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I always try to contact former companies for a reference. It’s easier to get honest references this way. And if you ask the right questions, it’s easy to get answers and feedback. Most people will list references that they KNOW might sugar-coat what they say. Although I had one candidate who had bad references from everyone he listed, and a couple of other candidates who listed companies on the resume that were non-existent! Google, 411, etc….. not one of them could find any of the company names.


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