Research from Scotland-based Core-Asset Verify suggests the most common cause of failed pre-employment checks is applicants making false claims about their qualifications. The top five reasons for outright vetting failures based on data from 1,000 checks, were:
Qualification discrepancies (e.g. incomplete qualification presented as complete or false information relating to an award or grade) - 28 per cent
No proof of employment/employment date discrepancies - 21 per cent
Serious or undisclosed criminal convictions - 16 per cent
Job title discrepancies - 16 per cent
Dismissal from a previous employer - 9 per cent
Overall, the research showed:
11 per cent of applicants failed outright with major issues
27 per cent passed, but with some minor issues
Only 62 per cent of applicants passed with no concerns
“Our research highlights the importance of being as truthful and accurate as possible when applying for a new job,” said Mike Stirton, director of Core-Asset Verify. Detailed pre-employment checks are becoming more common among employers, and are now accepted practices among many sectors – particularly the financial services industry.
“It is no longer acceptable or advisable to embellish, inflate, polish or ‘spin’ your educational and professional achievements to secure a job interview,” Stirton continued. “You will get caught out – if not immediately, then at some point in the future.
“If you have not completed a course or qualification, say so. If you have criminal convictions – even minor offences – disclose them. Don’t exaggerate past or current job titles. And make sure any dates of employment are as accurate as possible.
“With comprehensive pre-employment checks set to become standard, applicants will be punished heavily for what is, in effect, fraud. Honesty and integrity now need to be the watchwords of any applicant’s CV,” he concluded.