How to Spot CV Fraud

Spot fraud CVs with eRecruit Solutions help


Everyone wants to look good on their CV, and with competition in the job market remaining fierce, some people are turning to desperate measures in order to impress employers. In 2012 it was discovered that one in five jobseekers had lied on their CV, which is a disheartening for employers who are having a hard enough job already finding the perfect candidate. It’s important to learn how to spot CV fraud as hiring untrustworthy candidates can have a seriously harmful impact on your company. Luckily, eRecruit Solutions have some signs to look out for to discover those candidates who are trying to pull the wool over your eyes.




In order to appear impressive on paper candidates may use phrases such as ‘the best at…’ or ‘highly regarded for…’ which triggers the question – according to who? Some people will award themselves with such recognition to try and hide the absence of any real achievements. If they are being honest then they will have the evidence to back up such claims. If there is no attempt to support such statements in the CV and you’re happy for them to reach the next stage, then it’s certainly worth questioning them on such statements during the interview. This gives them a chance to back up their comments and you a better idea of whether they’re truly suitable for the role.


Unexplained gaps


There can be a number of reasons for gaps in a candidate’s CV and not all of these mean they are unsuitable for your vacancy. If you spot any, it should certainly set off alarm bells and encourage you to investigate further into why this information has been omitted. You can do this by completing your own background check and seeing whether you can discover their employment history from this time. Alternatively, you can simply ask the candidate in a phone or face-to-face interview and gauge whether you think their response is an honest one. If they’re still being cagey or you believe their answer to be untrustworthy, it’s time to say goodbye. If they have a genuine reason and used the time wisely, then they’re still worth considering.


Misleading exaggeration


Most applicants are going to exaggerate at least a little bit on their CV. However, it can often be taken too far and this becomes dangerous, especially when it’s used to embellish qualifications or responsibilities in a previous role. The candidate could be trying to hide the fact their skills and/or qualifications don’t actually meet the standard you require or perhaps they’re just attempting to stand out from other applicants who share the same experience. Either way, they’re purposely trying to mislead you in order to better their chances, which isn’t an attractive quality. If you suspect such details have been exaggerated but you’re still interested in the candidate, make sure you do a thorough background check into their credentials. If you call them in for interview, question them directly about the details they’ve provided. You’ll soon notice them looking nervous and uncomfortable if they have tried to mislead you.


So if you’re afraid of making untrustworthy hires then remember to look out for the signs above. If you take the time to conduct sufficient background checks then this could help you significantly in terms of finding out whether an applicant is lying or not. If you want to know more about their previous employment it’s worth contacting the employers directly and speaking to those who managed the candidate (not just the references they provided you with). If you have a feeling that a candidate is lying but you’re unsure, don’t dismiss them straight away; you can always get a better idea by confronting them directly during the interview process.