5 Ways to Spot Lies in a Resume

Sep 21, 2012

As the economy turns around, you’re able to bring in more projects and hire more employees.

The job market is still very tough, though, and some applicants may resort to padding their resumes to get an edge over the competition, according to Rene Shimada Siegel, founder and president of High Tech Connect, a specialized consultant placement firm for marketing and communications experts, who covered this topic in a recent Inc.com article.

“In this extremely competitive job market, job candidates at all levels feel enormous pressure to get noticed by employers,” Shimada Siegel wrote. “Background-check firm HireRight reports that 53 percent of all job seekers’ resumes contain inaccurate information, and 34 percent contain outright lies about experience, education, and the ability to perform essential job functions.”

Shimada Siegel shared these five things you can do to check resume accuracy, for little or no cost:

1. Pay for a professional background check. “[W]e pay $90 to verify three prior employers and three educational institutions and another $60 to include a DMV, federal, and county criminal check,” she wrote. “It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind and confidence in the integrity of our team.”

2. Contact former employers. “Mismatched employment dates or prolonged gaps may signal a termination or even a stint in jail,” Shimada Siegel wrote. “Former employers may be able to confirm salaries or circumstances of employment changes, even if their company policy prohibits them from giving out that information.”

3. Check additional references. “Use LinkedIn to locate and contact former colleagues, supervisors, or direct reports in addition to those provided by the candidate,” she wrote. “You may even have a connection in common, which makes it easier to find this information.”

4. Verify professional licenses and memberships. “The licensing process ensures that only qualified professionals are authorized to practice in a state or province,” Shimada Siegel wrote. “Most professional organizations and licensing bodies have websites and phone numbers to help you quickly verify an individual’s standing within their groups.”

5. Scan online profiles. “Through LinkedIn and other social-media profiles, you can compare employment dates and titles for discrepancies,” she wrote. “You can also get a feel for a candidate’s communication skills and level of professionalism.”

To read the complete Inc.com article, click here.