And you thought Pinnochio was bad. Turns out your office is probably full of Pinnochios. According to a new OfficeTeam survey, resume lies may be on the rise. Almost half of workers (46 percent) said they know someone who included false information on a resume, a 25-point jump from a 2011 survey.
Fifty-three percent of senior managers suspect candidates often stretch the truth on resumes, and 38 percent said their company has removed an applicant from consideration for a position after discovering he or she lied.
As for the areas on resumes where employees tend to lie the most it is job experience at 76 percent followed by job duties (55 percent), education (33 percent) and employment dates (26 percent.)
More male workers (51 percent) know someone who’s lied on his or her resume than their female counterparts (39 percent). Fifty-five percent of employees ages 18 to 34 can name a person who fibbed on this document, the most of all age groups.
“It may be tempting to stretch the truth on a resume to stand out, but even small misrepresentations can remove an applicant from consideration for a position,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “To verify information and avoid costly hiring mistakes, employers should conduct thorough interviews, reference checks and skills testing with the help of a staffing firm.”
Not lying at all would be the most direct lesson to learn from here but also make sure your resume has none of these qualities which often make employers think the applicant could be fibbing.
OfficeTeam identifies five signs a job seeker may be lying on a resume — and offers tips for confirming details:
1. Skills have vague descriptions. Using ambiguous phrases like “familiar with” or “involved in” could mean the candidate is trying to cover up a lack of direct experience.
2. There are questionable or missing dates. Having large gaps between positions or listing stints by year without months can be red flags.
3. You give negative cues during the interview. This is when you really need to make sure you are using strong, affirmative body language. A lack of eye contact or constant fidgeting may suggest dishonesty.
4. References offer conflicting details. Make sure all your references are completely accurate.
5. Online information doesn’t match. The internet is a mindfield but try to make sure everything adds up.
The survey used responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers and more than 300 senior managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. Take a look at the infographic below for more insight.