The devastating implications of lying on your CV about your professional experience and how companies can identify fraud.
In fact, lying on your CV is unfortunately a common occurrence, and HR needs to be vigilant so as not to let it slip by, right?
In this content, we’ll give you all the basics you need to identify these lies, which is essential for beginners and experienced professionals alike.
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What are lies on a CV?
CV lies are false information put on a CV or said at a job interview.
In reality, it’s fraud and also liable to imprisonment.
The professionals want to lie in order to gain an advantage and be accepted for the job.
Although recruiters are prepared for these uncomfortable occasions, some lies unfortunately pass our radar, don’t they?
Therefore, it is always important to actively research new ways of lying on your CV and, above all, how to spot them.
Is lying on your CV a crime?
It depends on the situation, i.e. it can be a crime or not. If it is a crime, it falls under the crime of fraud.
The well-known old Article 171 of Decree Law No. 2848 of December 7, 1940.
However, in order for it to be considered fraud, proof is needed. A practical example is falsifying a document such as that of an institution.
In addition, if proven, the professional could be dismissed for just cause, thus causing problems for them and the company.
However, we emphasize that the lie must be proven in order to fall under Art. 171.
What are the most common CV lies?
In this topic we’re going to list the most common lies on CVs in recent years, so keep an eye on these topics.
Academic training can range from a vocational course to a university degree.
This lie occurs precisely because academic training is a fundamental requirement for some vacancies.
Fluency in a language
Nowadays it’s a fact that everyone knows a little English, isn’t it? However, one word or another is very different from fluency.
If necessary, the professional will need to research, present and converse in the second language required.
In this way, fluency in the language needs to be exactly what the professional is saying they have.
Although fluency is still a hotly debated concept, the CEFR is used as a model for professional issues.
When we talk about false experience, we’re talking about the professional’s practical experience.
In other words, what he has done in his career that can add to the company or in some cases be a basic requirement.
For example, a basic requirement for an administrative assistant is to make spreadsheets.
However, if he knows how to make complex cash flow spreadsheets, he automatically adds to the company.
If this professional has not had this experience and lies, the company could be in serious trouble for an inexperienced mistake.
Increased duties in previous position
This lie is very similar to the previous one, but in addition to the possibility of causing an inexperienced person to make a mistake, the duties in the position also open up the possibility of mistakes by other professionals.
Since an assignment is a constant task in a position and as such can be essential for securing a promotion.
In this way, the employee who lied can be promoted and go on to manage a team or a number of people, leading to start-up errors.
Increase the importance of your latest posts
Increasing the importance of the position is bad for the company and the employee because it creates false expectations.
If a professional is of essential importance in a given position, they are naturally expected to do something similar or even better.
Salary in last job
Lying about the amount of the salary is more negative for the professional than for the company.
This is because the recruiter knows the salary for that position and lying in this case only makes the professional lose the chances they had of filling the position.
In our list, this is the easiest mistake to spot in theory, but it can be tricky if the employee justifies the salary by having more duties or specific knowledge.
Time at last company
Time at the last company is one of the worst lies because it usually hides a professional difficulty.
Such as regular absences, disrespect, unproductivity and many other problems that will cause you to resign early.
Obviously, there are cases where the company has made a mistake and the employee wants to lie, believing it to be a more credible alternative.
Computer knowledge is essential in the world we live in, isn’t it?
That’s why this lie has become increasingly frequent for recruiters who need to be on their guard at this time.
How do you spot lies on a CV?
We’ve reached the most important topic of our content, here we’ll show you the main advanced tips for detecting lies on your CV.
Checking the information on the CV
HR needs to have a protocol of the best practices in the market for checking information.
For example, when it comes to academic qualifications, you can compare the candidate’s document with a model from the institution.
Drawing up a protocol for the most frequent lies already guarantees a greater filter where only the best professionals get through.
Requesting certificates is also an essential practice for recruiters, especially when presenting soft skills and even hard skills.
If the candidate doesn’t hand in the certificate, it means they don’t have it and if they falsify it, they could be fired for just cause.
Discourse analysis in the interview
Finally, there’s the job interview, which is the best filter for any lies.
Analyze whether the employee’s statements are inconsistent or lacking in detail, and ask about these details in depth.
Naturally, if the employee is lying, their words will become inconsistent.
In other words, one piece of information will contradict another. At this point, you can question the employee to check their justifications.
It’s important to understand that we need to treat our employees fairly; by looking for lies, we can end up creating them.
That’s why it’s important to always analyze the employee’s justifications, after all, they may be nervous or may have forgotten a detail.
What will determine whether he is lying is the number of inconsistencies and how justifiable they are.
The important thing is never to lie on your CV, that’s the basics for any professional. In fact, any kind of lie is a very bad thing, isn’t it?
For the company, it’s essential that the relationship of trust starts from the first contact, so you both have to talk transparently and clearly about what you want for the job and what you have to offer.