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February 18 2014

Dealing With Lies in Job Applications

In difficult economic times, job applicants may try to gain a competitive edge by embellishing their achievements or omitting potentially damaging information from their CVs.

By inflating exam grades or fabricating work experience, applicants not only risk embarrassment but may commit a criminal offence under the Fraud Act 2006. Robust recruitment practices, such as following up references and incisive questioning at interview, have never been more important. If employers suspect an applicant has been dishonest, they should go the extra mile before making an offer and investigate that gap in employment history or request copy certificates from the candidate or their education provider.