One firm in four catches CV liars

06-06-2005

Angry bosses at one in four firms have withdrawn a job offer after discovering that the prospective employee lied on their application form or CV. Similarly, 23% of bosses said that they had fired a staff member after finding out they had lied to get the job.

But, the number of "liars" may be the tip of the iceberg as many firms said they do not carry out basic checks.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) warned UK firms were a "soft touch" for CV fraudsters.

CV dangers

Nearly half of firms interviewed by the CIPD said that they rarely or never checked candidates' academic qualifications.

As for absenteeism, 20% of employers either rarely or never checked how much time candidates had taken off from their current job.

Rebecca Clarke, CIPD spokeswoman warned employers that they must check out CVs and applications.

"If you don't have rigorous pre-employment checks in place, you risk being a soft touch for people who are willing to be dishonest to get work or advance their careers," she said.

BBC News

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