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The top 3 sneaky resume lies to watch out for when hiring

If you’re adding new blood to Finance, the hiring process is not only about finding the most-qualified candidates, it’s also about exposing dishonest ones.
That’s because nearly half of respondents from a recent OfficeTeam report said they “knew someone” who’d lied on a resume.

To spot red flags, here are some common fabrications and outright lies, courtesy of Fast Company:

1. Inflated roles

According to OfficeTeam, 76% of candidates embellished job experience and 55% exaggerated job duties. Job-seekers tend to put down titles they think they deserve instead of their actual work roles.

What to look for: vague skill descriptions that aren’t consistent with what your job posting demands, says Fast Company.

2. Suspicious dates

Job-seekers know gaps in employment tend to raise red flags for recruiters and HR pros. As a result, they tend to get creative in covering up those gaps.

Example: date blocks that only include the year, instead of the starting/ending month.

3. Lack of degree specificity

Education is a huge area for misrepresentation. While there are a few brazen folks who have the guts to put down big-name schools they never even attended, that type of lie generally isn’t the issue.

A far more common fib comes from candidates that put down degrees they never earned or fell just short of earning. What to look for: incomplete degree names. For example, someone may put bachelors degree instead of bachelor of science (BS) or bachelor of fine arts (BFA).

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