Why You Need To Check Job Referees Straight Away

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Fake CVs cost businesses a lot of money. Anyone who's been involved in recruitment understands the cost of finding and employing good people. And with competition for high-paying jobs on the up, particularly as wages have been quite stagnant for a while, there's a lot of temptation to either embellish or lie on CVs. So, how do you spot a fake CV?

A former manager at South Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet recently faced court recently over allegations she secured a $245,000 salaried position with a CV that fraudulently claimed she had worked with top technology companies.

Part of the problem is that we become "emotionally invested" in candidates once they get through the initial selection and interview process said Jarrad Skeen from online recruitment company Affix.

"We've got a series of questions you can ask about experience and projects to suss out what's legitimate and what's not. The most common thing we see is people listing a whole lot of things that will show up in a search engine but don't go as far as researching what these terms mean. It's about asking the right questions," he said.

Another thing Skeen sees is lots of people claiming they've been engaged in the same project or piece of work. In many cases, multiple candidates will overstate their role in a project.

One of the things Skeen advocates is doing reference checks earlier in the recruitment process than is usually the case.

"Once everyone has invested lots of time and energy and you're emotionally involved in the process, that check becomes far less reliable. The idea is to check them out early".

Skeen says this is important in validating claims people make on CVs and to ensure the connections they make are valid.

Social media profiles are a rich source of information. Embellishments on public profiles are less common, he said, as people can be caught out easily. But, when someone's social profile on LinkedIn or other similar sites lack detail then this can be a pointer that the paper CV contains information that will be difficult to validate.

It's more common, according to Skeen, to see embellishments on public profiles rather than all-out fabrications.


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