CV lies 'more likely when jobs are scarce'
In a country with an already high and steadily increasing unemployment rate, there is fierce competition among job applicants for a few scarce openings and this seems to bring out the creative liar in some of them, says Kirsten Halcrow, MD of background verifications company Employers' Mutual Protection Service.
"EMPS research into background screening patterns, applications and recruitment processes has shown a definite pattern in times of recession, says Halcrow
"Every time the economy takes a knock there is a definite increase in fraudulent information on applicant CVs and job application forms. Nearly 35% of CVs have some type of lie in times of economic prosperity and stability, but the percentages rise to over 50% during times of economic hardship," she says. Halcrow says it becomes common practice for job applicants who perceive their credentials to be short of the required standards to try to enhance their chances by adding a few extras to their profile.
Companies need to protect themselves from fraud by insisting on background checks, although statistics show that many companies do it anyway, says Halcrow. These can easily be done for less than R200, she says.