It is no secret that candidates stretch the truth on their resumes more often than we’d like to think. Instead of admitting to possessing basic computer skills they include a long list of software which they profess to be proficient with. A candidate may highlight 5 years experience in full cycle accounting when in reality their role only required data entry. As an employer how can you verify the truth behind what is on that piece of paper or what you are told in an interview to ensure you are hiring an honest and qualified employee?
Depending on the role the candidate is being considered for, you can assess their skills by having them complete a test. For example, if a candidate is required to use MS Excel extensively in a role, have them complete an MS Excel test to ensure he/she meets the expectations required for the opportunity. This will confirm that he/she is at an advanced level as stated in his/her resume.
You can complete reference, credit, educational verification or criminal background checks to verify the accuracy of their resume. These checks can also give an employer more details surrounding the character of the candidate.
Multiple Interviews by Several Individuals
Sometimes an organization can benefit by having the candidate meet with multiple staff members such as the Hiring Manager as well as Human Resources. This way each interviewer will be able to provide feedback and address different areas of the candidates experience. This offers a dynamic perspective on the candidate being considered from multiple points of views.
With a tough economy, we are seeing more and more candidates staying in positions for shorter periods of time. If a candidate can not explain or comes across negative when explaining why he/she left a job, be aware.
Get Technical and Ask for Examples
Be thorough and detailed in the questions you ask. Request real life examples stemming from past experiences to ensure that what is listed on their resume is in essence what they have accomplished.
Body language can often offer more insight then a resume can. If a candidate appears uneasy or defensive then the candidate may be hiding something. Ask questions until you feel satisfied with what is being said is in fact the truth.
Verify Using LinkedIn
Take a look on LinkedIn. Does your candidate have a profile? Is his/her resume posted on this popular social media site in line with the one presented for this opportunity? Are there discrepancies? Be aware for those who falsify information such as their titles for the sake of a specific job requirement.
Finally follow your instincts. If things don’t seem to match up, continue to probe as ultimately your gut may just be trying to tell you something that could be the deciding factor when making the decision to hire or not to hire.