Jun 08, 2012 01:35 PM EDT

5 Ways Employers Catch Resume Lies


Job seekers are increasingly resorting to lies to help that next new job. CareerBuilder found that 38 percent of employees lied about past duties, while 18 percent led about their work qualifications completely. 

With this rise of applicants looking to misled employers, hiring managers are becoming sensitive to resume fraudulence. Here are five ways in which hiring managers are catching possible resume lies:

1. Using Background Checks: Background checks may sound old fashioned, but they are effective in figuring out more information about an applicant. Background checks give employers insight about resume details, such as dates of employment and work history. If an applicant has stretched the truth abou these things, background checks help employers see this.

2. Double Checking Things That Stand Out: Some things that might stand out in resumes include a lack of explanation for leaving a job, inconsistency in employment, and bouts of self-employment. Employers may also go onto company websites to verify phone numbers and references that applicants place on resumes, as references can oftentimes also be fraudulent.

3. Using Social Networking Sites: Personal profiles placed on the web can help employers compare applicants' resumes with information placed on these pages. Since both work history and education is usually listed on these sites, employers are able to double check a variety of information on an applicants' resume.

4. Testing out your qualifications: In order to test whether the qualifications an applicant listed on a resume are false or not, interviewers ask questions relevant to the position, and use technical terms to do so. This helps employers determine whether stated skills on a resume are truly ones the applicant has.

5. Following their intuition: Sometimes what applicants state on resumes seem a bit questionable or are worth taking a second look at. When this happens, employers tend to follow their intuition and reference they're own professional experience. In the case where a resume creates too many unanswered questions, employers are more apt to verify information listed.

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