How to Spot a Fake Resume/CV

Conducting a background check is essential to confirm an applicant’s past education, work experience, and criminal record. But what are some details to look out for to disregard applicants?

1.    Educational institution or year graduated is not listed

While some applicants may avoid listing their graduation year to avoid age discrimination, this may be a clue that did not complete or even attend that institution. Quite simply, graduating from a college or university is an impressive accomplishment that is often a prerequisite to acquire coveted positions. Not listing the educational institution or year is highly suspicious.

2.    Past companies worked at are not on the Internet

Applicants that fit this description often use excuses like “this company went out of business” to conveniently persuade companies to not researching further. There has been an increase in businesses that provide writing fake resumes and use company names that went out of business as well. Despite the size of a business, most companies will have a website, location, phone number, or review online.

3.    Reluctance to explain a reason for leaving a job

Applicants may be hesitant to answer, because they may have not even worked there! But they may have been fired from a previous job and are hesitant to explain. In this case, it is important to contact previous references. If no references are given, this leads to doubt on the validity of an applicant’s work experience.

4.    Self-employment

To avoid having a gap in employment, some may create fictitious titles that they were self-employed for a company or service that never did. It is important to check their references during their self-employment period to see if clients they worked with can validate their work experience.

These discrepancies may easily be explained through a phone interview. It is advisable to set up a 5-minute phone interview rather than go through with an in-person interview and an expensive background check.