Research from Robert Half has found 68 per cent of Australian general hiring managers have removed a job candidate from consideration for a position after discovering dishonest or exaggerated information on their CV. In more detail, 60 per cent say they’ve discovered dishonest or exaggerated information on a candidate’s resume in relation to work experience, 48 per cent respectively refer to education/qualifications and technical skills.
“Transparency and honesty during the application and interview process are critical for candidates who want to be considered for a job,” says Andrew Morris, director of Robert Half Australia. “Many businesses take background checks very seriously, which is made even easier thanks to increased online transparency and social media. Once untruthfulness has been discovered, candidates’ professional credibility has been damaged, and their chances of landing the job will be very slim to none, even though they might be ideal for the role.”
According to the research, which surveyed 460 general hiring managers in Australia, the most common areas where applicants included dishonest or exaggerated information are: work experience (60 per cent), education/degrees/qualifications (48 per cent), technical skills (48 per cent), language skills (30 per cent), duties performed in previous roles (30 per cent), internships (25 per cent), leadership skills (21 per cent), and project management skills (18 per cent).
“While a jobseeker might not always have the implicit intention to deceive prospective employers, bending the truth on a resume, or in a job interview is a dangerous path to take. Even minor embellishments have consequences that can come back to haunt professionals throughout their career. If they’re successful in securing the job, and get caught later, it will most likely result in termination, damage the candidate’s reputation, and eliminate the option of obtaining a positive reference for future employment,” Andrew Morris added.
“It can be incredibly beneficial to seek guidance from a career expert who can help jobseekers build a CV that’s both honest and eye-catching. With the right guidance, there are plenty of (honest) ways jobseekers can make their CVs stand out amongst other candidates. A CV that is short, straightforward and easy to read, which also contains relevant keywords matching the job criteria and the candidate’s skills will be attractive to any employer,” Morris continued. “Don’t fall foul of temptation – stretching the truth on a CV isn’t going to do jobseekers any favours, so resist the temptation and stick with the good old-fashioned principle: honesty is the best policy.”