Recent surveys of employers indicate that more than 50% of applicants misrepresent themselves on resumes. For obvious reasons, job seekers tell you only what they want to admit.
So, what can you do? The best course of action is to insist that all persons complete your job application. After all, your application will ask specific questions that may not be addressed on a resume, such as “Why did you leave this job?” Also, and surprisingly, the application details may end up being different from those on the resume. Such blatant discrepancies can indicate an intention to mislead you.
A program of legally compliant and consistent background checks will put the odds in your favor that you hire people who have represented themselves honestly.
Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.
Through the Michigan Chamber partnership with LABORCHEX, members get discounted pricing to employment background screening services. To learn more, please email Kym Lewis or call him at 1-800-880-0366.