Is a Candidate Lying on Their Resume? Here’s How to Tell

As one of the leading placement firms in Connecticut, Stewart Staffing knows that when a resume comes across your desk, it can sometimes be hard to tell fact from fiction. In certain cases, a candidate is blatantly lying. But in many other situations, you might have some suspicions, yet can’t be totally sure. A resume might seem a little too perfect or far-fetched. Is there a way to tell? Here are some signs to help you decide:

Lack of clarity.

When a candidate knows what they’re talking about, you’re going to see it in the level of detail they supply. If, however, they’re short on information and come across as vague, it could be because they’re stretching the truth and don’t really know what they’re talking about. Likewise, using phrases like “participated in,” “involved with,” or “familiar with” can also be a sign that they played less of a role in certain projects than they’d like you to believe.

Lack of consistency.

Their cover letter says they worked in their past job for five years, but their resume dates only add up to three. Which is correct? If there are inconsistencies like these, or their LinkedIn profile doesn’t align at all with their resume, be wary. When a candidate is lying, they can have a hard time keeping track of their own duplicity.

Too many superlatives.

When a candidate writes about how they’re the “best fit,” “strongest contender” or an “A player,” it offers a lot of colorful language. But it’s not getting into specifics as to why you should hire them. Rather, it could be a way for them to cover up the fact that they don’t know as much about the job or the industry as they should.

Big jumps in titles.

It’s true that people can win big promotions. In most cases, though, they will get promoted along a slower career track. A huge step, for instance, from a receptionist to an executive manager, without an explanation on the cover letter, can therefore be cause for concern. In these cases, it’s a good idea to investigate and find out the reason for the jump.

When it comes to resume lies, they can cost you. In fact, one bad hiring mistake can lead to a loss in productivity, not to mention a big hit on your company bottom line. Follow the tips above to help you uncover whether a candidate is lying and ensure those you do hire are the right-pick for your team.

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