MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- What's the truth about lying on resumes? Almost half of workers (46 percent) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam said they know someone who included false information on a resume, a 25-point jump from a 2011 survey. Job experience (76 percent) and duties (55 percent) were cited as the areas that are most frequently embellished.
Fifty-three percent of senior managers suspect candidates often stretch the truth on resumes, and 38 percent said their company has removed an applicant from consideration for a position after discovering he or she lied.
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Workers were asked, "Do you know anyone who misrepresented or exaggerated information on his or her resume?" Their responses:
Workers who know someone who misrepresented or exaggerated information on his or her resume were also asked, "What type of information did they misrepresent or exaggerate on their resume?" Their responses*:
*Multiple responses permitted. Top responses shown.
The research also revealed demographic differences. More male workers (51 percent) know someone who's lied on his or her resume than their female counterparts (39 percent). Fifty-five percent of employees ages 18 to 34 can name a person who fibbed on this document, the most of all age groups.
"It may be tempting to stretch the truth on a resume to stand out, but even small misrepresentations can remove an applicant from consideration for a position," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "To verify information and avoid costly hiring mistakes, employers should conduct thorough interviews, reference checks and skills testing with the help of a staffing firm."
OfficeTeam identifies five signs a job seeker may be lying on a resume — and offers tips for confirming details:
About the Research
The surveys of workers and senior managers were developed by OfficeTeam. They were conducted by independent research firms and include responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 300 senior managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.
OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, is the nation's leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has 300 locations worldwide. For additional information, visit roberthalf.com/officeteam. Follow the OfficeTeam Take Note® blog at roberthalf.com/officeteam/blog for career and management advice.
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