It is staggering figures like those above that have made it imperative
that companies undertake pre-employment verification of potential
employees. I recently attended a seminar presented by Sally Mooney, the
Managing Director of Australian Background, on the subject of resume fraud
and the importance of pre-employment screening. Pre-employment screening
is the first step in preventing fraud within your organisation, and
effectively improves the quality of your hiring decisions to promote a
corporate culture of integrity.
The potential cost and damage of making the wrong hiring decision can
be devastating. Small businesses can go under and large business can
experience damage to their reputation, poor performance, low morale and
high staff turnover – all of which can result in significantly reduced
profits. Who and how you recruit impacts on every aspect of your business,
so confirming the facts about your potential employees is essential.
Whether undertaking recruitment yourself, or utilising an agency, it is
imperative that thorough pre employment screening be in place, in order to
safeguard your organisation. All aspects of every candidate resume should
be thoroughly checked and information confirmed. Details to confirm:
include dates of employment, references, qualifications, identification,
and criminal record.
Australian Background statistics indicate the most common lies on a
candidates resume include: falsifying employer history details,
embellishment of job titles, and amending dates of employment to hide gaps
or omit entire positions held, also falsifying educational qualifications
and exaggerating previous salary figures.
There is increasing pressure to introduce legislation for
Pre-Employment Screening, such as a 100-point identification requirement,
and compulsory criminal check for all registered candidates. However, it
is an area in which we need to tread very lightly and at all times
consider the rights of candidates under the privacy act. For information
regarding the Pre-Employment Screening practices employed by Discovering
People, please contact your personal Recruitment Consultant.
Source: LIAR, LIAR! Resume Fraud, are your candidates
lying to you?
A seminar presented by Sally Mooney of Australia