Resumes Often Contain Lies and Partial Truths

Executive hiring process

How many people tell lies and partial truths on their resumes? According to U.S. News and a study by the Society of Humane Resource Managers, “More than half of resumes contain lies.” Carefully interviewing and screening candidates can be difficult, especially if you are hiring for important positions, such as lawyers or legal board members.

The Most Common Lies on Resumes

“n 2008, British chef Robert Irving was fired from his own show on the Food Network’s Dinner Impossible when it was uncovered that he didn’t actually design the royal couple’s [Princess Diana and Prince Charles’] wedding cake, but that he only attended the school where it was made and contributed by picking fruit for the cake,” Business Insider reports. Although this is an extreme example, most employees stretch the truth in — more or less — predictable ways. The top three things prospective candidates lie about are dates of employment, skills and accomplishments, and job titles and responsibilities, U.S. News says. U.S. News explains stretching or exaggerating dates, “We keep being told that working anywhere less than a year looks bad. So rather than fess up to the fact, some people are fudging their timelines.”

Don’t Let Hiring Mistakes Haunt Your Law Firm

Hiring mistakes do not reflect poorly on employees only. People are also likely to develop negative opinions about companies and law firms, if the truth gets out. Prevent a publicity nightmare by carefully — and thoroughly — screening candidates. Make sure you have plenty of time to devote to the interviewing process by hiring top legal recruiters. Legal recruitment companies conduct precise background check — and have much more time, in general, to devote to reviewing resumes and conducting interviews.

An alarming number of candidates are lying on their resumes. Weed out the best (and honest) candidates with top legal recruitment companies. Refernce materials:

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