Pants on Fire

A recent study showed that in 2017, lying on a resume is more in vogue than ever.  In fact, nearly half (46%) said they know someone who’s lied on a resume (which is like saying I am not asking for me, I am asking for a friend).  This is more than double the number reported in 2011 (21%).

Most often these resume lies are said to be regarding job experience (76%) and job duties (55%) while education (33%) and employment dates (26%) follow as the third and fourth most common resume lies.

This doesn’t seem to be a surprise to hiring managers as 53% of managers surveyed said they expect false information on resumes either “very” or “somewhat often.”

So what does that mean for hiring, HR policies, and in general what does it say about the general state of morality in resume writing?  Nearly two out of five surveyed (38%) have removed candidates from consideration upon discovering a lie on a resume.

Has your organization put in place procedures to fact check resumes before hiring a candidate? What is your organization’s position on lying on a resume? What is a lie and what is merely creative positioning of the truth?

Willory can assist with our recruiting analysis services. By taking a deeper look at your entire recruiting cycle – from the time you decide to hire through to onboarding – you can ensure your entire organization is on the same page when these types of issues arise. We believe that the best way to attract and retain coveted top talent is by aligning your organization appropriately.


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  1. It is sad reflection on the state of affairs when people do not value their own personal integrity. They do not recognize that once an employer finds one lie, it sets up the employer to question everything else a person has said about themselves. The people doing this have to ask themselves how do they feel when they deal with a liar? That will say even more about their value system.

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