Employers see through CV lies


Many employers have serious doubts about the reliability of candidates' CVs and academic qualifications, new research reveals.

Most employers suspect that jobseekers tell fibs about themselves and exaggerate to get jobs, with only 12 per cent believing that they never see lies on CVs and only two per cent saying that they never see exaggerations.

The survey of 375 employers from across commerce and industry found that 59 per cent of employers had had to withdraw job applications at the last minute due to receiving poor references for the candidate.

Employers are increasingly losing faith in academic qualifications as reliable guides to a candidate's suitability for a job too, with only eight per cent of businesses surveyed feeling these are trustworthy indicators, the study from HR consultancy Cubiks found.

"Although we have a more highly qualified workforce than at any time in the past, this study shows that employers are having to work harder than ever to find the right people," said chief executive officer of Cubiks, Barry Spence.

"What's more, it is clear that businesses cannot rely on the more conventional selection methods and channels to screen out unsuitable candidates."

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