Hundreds of thousands of lies go undetected on CVs
Lying about qualifications has always been one of those ‘grey areas’ for job applicants. Who’s going to check if you bump your GCSE Geography grade up from a D to a C? At least, that seems to be the opinion of thousands of people who routinely lie on their CVs.
A study by AXELOS has found that a shocking 100,000 people have fibbed about their exam results in the last three years. The issue is that they are getting away with it.
The research discovered that almost half of HR departments (48 per cent) are failing to sufficiently check applicants’ qualifications, either by asking for copies of the actual certificates or by using a screening service which contacts the exam boards.
However, as will all things, the truth will come out; 14 per cent of the HR professionals questioned said that they had dealt with at least five instances where an employee was discovered not to hold the qualifications they stated – equating to thousands upon thousands of people.
The repercussions are severe; according to Recruiter.co.uk, 37 per cent of HR staff said they would dismiss anyone who had boosted their grades and 54 per cent said they’d sack an employee who didn’t even hold the qualification they claimed to have.
The biggest implication for businesses from under-qualified/dishonest staff is poor performance. Fifty-three per cent of those surveyed called this risk ‘significant’, while 26 per cent cited ‘reputational impact’ as the next biggest issue. Then there’s the cost to replace staff. The report found that in the last three years, 40 per cent of companies had spent over £10,000 replacing staff who had lied about their qualifications.
Speaking to London Loves Business, John O’Brien, head of membership at AXELOS, said: “In an increasingly competitive jobs market, there are clearly many people who are willing to exaggerate or lie to win that much sought-after role. So it’s hard to believe so many organisations do not routinely check the qualifications of job applicants.
“Lies can quickly get out of hand – it can soon become apparent that the individual is having difficulty meeting the expectations set out in the new position. While the employee could face their contract being terminated, the employer has a lot to lose, both financially and in terms of its reputation.”
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