When Taking on Staff It's a Case of 'Buyer Beware' Tonight the Last Four Contestants Will Fight for the Right to Be Sir Alan Sugar's Apprentice. but Should Lee McQueen Even Be in the Final after Being Caught Lying on His CV? Recruitment Specialist Paul Clutton Highlights the Dangers for Candidates and Employees in the Murky World of CV Writing
Byline: Paul Clutton
IT'S a sad fact, but nearly 25% of all CVs contain false or inaccurate information.
Problems range from exaggerating academic qualifications, inflating accounts of previous employment and salaries, to the worst case scenarioof omissions of county court judgements, directorships and undisclosed criminal convictions.
Often these factual "white lies" go undetected by the interviewer or the HR department when assessing a prospective employee.
So how well do you really know your staff?
Employees are the biggest single asset and potentially the greatest liability of every organisation in both commercial and public sectors. Think of the many high profile global fraud cases that have emerged in to the media - it was often only at a late stage that ominous details of the individuals' backgrounds emerged.
In every major corporate failure, individuals have been ultimately to blame either as a result of incompetence or dishonesty.
Apparently nobody on the board of Barings Bank understood how Nick Leeson was making money - or not as it turned out.
If people who don't have the appropriate skills are hired they can demotivate their colleagues and make bad and costly business decisions which ultimately can affect client relationships and attract litigation.
Employee screening shouldn't therefore be regarded as a discretionary expense or process. It needs to be integrated into the recruitment process.
All potential recruits should be told at the earliest possible opportunity that it is the company's policy to verify all information supplied to them by a candidate. …