Your Applicant’s Resume: Fact or Fiction?

Recently a group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper at a Pittsburg high school found the credentials of their new high school’s head principal weren’t up to par. Their weeks-long investigation has earned the students praise in the national media and has caused the hiring committee some embarrassment.

In the student’s research, they discovered the facts in the new principal’s background didn’t quite add up. The biggest red flag, the website for Corllins University where she had earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees years ago didn’t work. The students found no evidence it was an accredited university. In fact, several articles suggested that Corllins University is a diploma mill.

This wasn’t the only indication of falsehood. In a conference call, the applicant had presented conflicting dates, incomplete answers, and inconsistencies in her responses. Her degrees and much of her work as an education consultant, it turns out, were pure fiction.

Some Candidates Lie

This doesn’t surprise anyone in the HR world. We’ve referenced, more than once, a CareerBuilder Survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers. It showed 56% of them have caught job candidates lying on their resumes. Those are just the ones that got caught. I’m sure many of you have similar stories.

WOLFE’s investigative verification team has assisted clients dozens of times in finding falsified or forged diploma’s. Make sure the company you hire to investigate candidates has the experience to verify past employment and education. For starters, ask the company what their verification rate is. Ours is 95%.  Mush lower and many credentials and past employers may remain question marks long into employment. It’s an expensive mistake to make. If you have questions about verification, criminal history or any aspect of the background screening process, call us at 800.230.2991. We’re happy to help.