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July 20, 2005
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Mind the gap: Beating the CV fraudsters

The level of CV fraud ranges from inaccurate dates in an applicant 's employment history, to false claims about qualifications and forged references. Checking CVs is a serious problem for employers and creates a substantial administrative load for HR departments.

Our CEO Eyal Ben Cohen states 'dressed up credentials topped with a liberal smattering of sugar-coated qualifications are paying off for the 7.5 million who have confessed to telling more than a white lie or two when it comes to their CVs' he also stated that “CV and identity fraud is a growing problem for UK businesses. Recruiting staff is an expensive and time-consuming process and the days when you can believe the information you are given have gone,”

The level of CV fraud ranges from inaccurate dates in an applicant’s employment history, to false claims about qualifications and forged references. Checking CVs is a serious problem for employers and creates a substantial administrative load for HR departments.

Verifile, the CV verification and background screening service, provides fast and efficient automated checks on everything from personal identity and educational qualifications to criminal records and employment references.

In conclusion our CEO, Eyal stated  “In today’s hi-tech society just about everything can be forged. It has become apparent that the basic checks that some employers do undertake are inadequate – original certificates to prove qualifications can be faked and bogus certificates can be bought online. Driving licences can be forged, and authentic looking references can be created by employees taking headed paper from their previous employer. Fraudsters are using the internet and other technology to their advantage so we have developed sophisticated systems and processes to play them at their own game and ensure employers are recruiting honest candidates with relevant experience and qualifications,” 

By using online automated verification services companies can streamline their recruitment systems with numerous benefits including:

  • Reducing the administration load on HR departments
  • Ensuring compliance with changing employment regulations
  • Improving the short-listing system, leading to better interviews
  • And reducing the risk of bad publicity, damage to reputation, theft and industrial espionage
Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) recently revealed that a quarter of all employers surveyed had withdrawn at least one job offer in the last year after discovering an applicant had lied on their application form.
 

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