Employers, this is a warning: some job seekers use nasty tactics... This short article will show you what some job seekers do and what you can do to avoid being fooled.
We are familiar with the fact that people are bending the truth on their resumes, as seen in this in-depth study, previously conducted: The results from a survey of 17,368 applicants showed that about 1/3 of people embellish the truth. Some are simply stretching, and others are outright liars. The best way recruiters and employers can be armed to uncover people bending the truth is to check the facts. If someone is claiming to be able to speak Spanish, you can have this checked easily by a Spanish speaker. To the same extent, any specific technical skill one claims to have can be assessed during an interview or a test. The difficulty arises when you try to assess some level of performance in past achievements, or any element that cannot be verified with the candidate alone. For instance, the level of sales achieved in the last sales job, the organization and follow-through of a manager, or something as simple as the last company where the candidate worked.
To verify data, the recruiting process relies on third-party checks. Typically, the checks can be factual (employment verification, academic verification) and performance-based (reference check). In fact, reference checks are not only the most accurate way to assess people, but also the key to avoiding a bad performer when done well.
But what most employers don’t know is the nastiest of tricks I have ever seen: a professional service to falsify your employment history and act as a fake reference! You read correctly, there are companies that specialize in providing bogus work histories and associated performance.
Here are some claims one of those websites make:
- You choose your career history!
- You pick your start and end date!
- You choose your salary!
- We provide a real company, just for you!
- We provide a real address for that company!
- We provide a real website for that company!
- We provide a real "800" phone number!
- We will have our operators standing by!
- We will e-mail you every time someone calls!