The 7 Most Common Resume Lies

BackgroundChecks.org recently released alarming data surrounding the percentages of those lying on their resumes, as well as the likelihood they will be caught.

According to the report:

The Most Common Resume Lies:

  • Embellished Skill Set
  • Embellished Responsibilities
  • Dates of Employment
  • Job Title
  • Academic Degree
  • Companies Worked for
  • Accolades/Awards

According to the report, some industries are more likely than others to catch fibs on a resume. This is due largely in part to the tech-savviness of some markets over others.

The Industries Most Likely to Catch Lies on Resumes:

  • Information Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Retail

According to the survey, over half (51%) of employers said they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on their resume. As much as 40% of employers said it would depend on what type of lie. As much as 70% of college graduates said they would lie on a resume to get the job they want. It’s estimated that resume fraud costs employers as much as $600 billion annually nationally.

For more statistics surrounding lying and qualifications, see ‘Beware the Pinnochio Profile‘ by CEO Steve Lowisz.

September 11, 2015

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