The key is to perform more effective checks on job applicants that can spot lies and fabrications. Whilst you may feel it is unfair not to give candidates the benefit of the doubt, avoiding these checks and getting lumbered with a bad hire is hugely draining and can prevent honest candidates from landing the positions they’ve actually worked hard for. Check out our tips below on how to perform a thorough check and identify those little white lies.
- Background checks
Background checks allow a business to go through the information provided to them by the candidate and verify it with previous employers or educational bodies. Performing a background check can instantly highlight any potential fabrications or exaggerations.
- Assessment Tests
A short skills assessment test will provide businesses with a clear answer of whether a candidate really does possess the skills they claim to have. However, make sure you perform such tests in the right environment, as certain skilled candidates may not react well within a test environment and provide a poor result despite their talent.
- Google Docs
Google Docs now allows users to see the revisions that have been made to a document, which is great for recruiters who have suspicions that candidates have tried to ‘bulk’ out their CV in order to appear more experienced for a certain role. This function will allow businesses to see whether a candidate has changed dates, eliminated less favourable information or even faked qualifications.
- Video Interviews
Before committing to face-to-face interviews, some businesses choose to run a series of video interviews with their candidates, in which they send a candidate questions and ask for them to record a video of their responses. This method allows businesses to review the candidate’s responses in detail and look out for any suspicious behaviour or stumbled, and potentially dishonest answers.