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Do you know how many people falsify their education on job applications?
Believe it or not, it is estimated that as many as half of all job applicants falsify their educational credentials. The problem is so pervasive it’s been reported that two-thirds of college registrars say they’ve been asked to verify falsified information. Perhaps that’s why education is among the top five items the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recommends that employers verify.

If applicants are willing to misrepresent themselves concerning education, what else might they be willing to put forward that’s flat-out untrue? As a hiring manager this would leave a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, and I would certainly question, along with honesty and integrity, the productivity and overall contributions such employees would bring my company. So, “Thanks, but no thanks” to candidates who aren’t honest from the get-go! And definitely, “No thanks” to the turnover these hires could end up costing my company.

So consider the benefits of outsourcing verifications to a third party vendor versus the headaches of “assuming” you’re getting correct information!

Some alarming statistics of how many applicants are guilty of misrepresentation:

• SHRM: More than 53% of job applicants falsify information on their resumes; one in four candidates misrepresents his educational attainment.
• ADP Screening Index: 45% of employment, education and or credential reference checks reveal discrepancies in the applicant’s information.
• Wall Street Journal: 34% of all application forms contain misrepresentations about the applicants’ experience, education, and ability to perform essential job functions,

(Source: National Student Clearinghouse)

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