Looking for a job? Know how companies check for lies in CV

  • About 80% of companies in the World are estimated to cross-check information provided by candidates in their CVs
  • Companies focus on employment checks and education verification while conducting background screening

Lying in your CV to get a dream job could be futile as many companies make consistent background screening processes, according to a report. To make sure that the right candidate fills up the vacant position, companies not only check past work record from your previous employers but also conducts education verification and identity check.

According to HireRight, a global background screening company, the most common checks in 2019 included employment checks (88%), education verification (83%) and identity checks (59%). Criminal checks is at the fourth place.

The survey, based on interviews from more than 400 HR professionals found that education and identity checks are being conducted more rigorously than other background checks.

Social media checks have decreased by 52%, credit history check down by 36% and professional licence checks by 9%. “It is worrying to note that all other forms of checks remained either stagnant, or saw a decline – potentially exposing organisations to significant risks,” the report said.

How long does screening take

Usually, an employment screening check takes around two weeks to complete, but it depends heavily on the nature and scope of the background check requested.

For example, the process to verify educational qualifications involves submitting documentation to the school for validation – this alone can take several days to be reviewed. Confirming details of previous employment can sometimes involve a physical visit to confirm the registered address, which again can be time-consuming.


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