Lying on resumes and CVs has become so commonplace that around 85% of companies report catching applicants lying on their resume. While some lies might only rise to the level of obscuring the exact dates worked at a company, others wholly misrepresent a person’s skills or credentials. So, how do you spot a lie when you see one? Look for Incongruities One of the simplest ways to spot a lie on a CV or resume is to keep an eye open for incongruities. For example, they list accomplishments that don’t line up with their job title. Someone working in HR won’t realistically have anything to do with sales or production numbers. A massive jump in job title from one company to the next can also serve as a red flag for dishonesty. Takeaway: Incongruity doesn’t always mean dishonesty, but it should prompt some serious questions for the candidate. Universal Proficiency It’s the very rare candidate indeed who brings proficiency in every skill listed in the job description. Someone who works with spreadsheets might have seen a pivot table, but it doesn’t mean they’re experts at making them. By the same token, someone might have played around with HTML a few times, but it doesn’t mean they can write the code for your new website. Make sure you dig into these proficiency claims with some technical questions that can expose exaggeration. Get a Background Check If you think that someone is misrepresenting their education or credentials, the simplest way to vet the CV is with a background check. These checks can verify not only educational history but work history and even prior earnings. Background checks come at different levels of scrutiny, and more extensive checks cost more. You’ll need to decide how deep you want the background checks to go. Takeaway: A background check will prove much cheaper than going through the entire hiring process a second time when you discover the lie. Use Backdoor Reference Checks No one provides references who will torpedo them with a potential employer. That means that sometimes, you need to go with a backdoor reference check of someone who worked with a candidate but isn’t on their reference list. You can use a resource like LinkedIn to find former managers or coworkers. Takeaway: These backdoor reference checks often reveal a much more accurate picture of someone’s skills and accomplishments. With lying some common on CVs these days, you must remain wary for the lies. Keep an eye open for incongruities and claims of universal proficiency. Shell out for a background check on all serious applicants. Dig into their background with backdoor reference checks. It’s always better to avoid hiring a lying applicant than needing to replace them later.
Getting into the interview phase is often such a struggle that you may feel like you need to take any job offer that comes your way. In practice, though, a bad job can prove even more disastrous than waiting a little longer for another option.
Keep reading to learn some red flags to watch for when interviewing.
Your Duties Are Vague
You need clear information about a job and the expectations attached to it before you can make a good decision. If the interviewer can’t give you a clear set of duties, it means they haven’t thought the job through. It may also mean they haven’t thought through how you’ll be evaluated in the job. That’s a recipe for an unhappy work life.
No employer will get stellar reviews from every former employee. That being said, most ex-employees won’t take the time and effort involved to craft a negative employer review unless their experience was truly awful. Multiple negative employer reviews are a clear sign of a toxic workplace. Steer clear.
They Dodge Your Questions
Every candidate should have at least two or three questions to ask during the interview. If nothing else, ask about where you’ll be working specifically or who you report to day to day. These kinds of basic questions should get answered immediately. If not, it could be a sign of trouble.
Expect You to Take the Job on the Spot
Unless you’re interviewing with a dream company for a dream position and a dream salary, no employer should expect you to take a job on the spot. This is especially true if the job includes relocating. An employer should be willing to give you a little time to think it over and discuss things with your spouse or partner.
They Actively Lie
It’s one thing for a hiring manager to overlook telling you something. It happens. It’s almost always an innocent mistake. It’s something else entirely if they tell you something that proves false.
You Might Not Want That Job
Getting an interview is a big step, but it’s not the only thing you should consider. You can run into situations where getting a job offer isn’t a good thing. Keep your eyes open for the red flags listed above. You could save yourself some serious frustration and a bad work situation.
Businesses and recruiters don’t just use social media as a way to find applicants. Around 43% also use it as a screening tool to weed out candidates. That begs the question: What are the social media red flags I should avoid? Keep reading and we’ll give some of the biggest red flags to avoid.
While pictures of you drinking a beer with friends won’t kill your interview chances anymore, almost anything related to illicit drugs will hurt you a lot. Like or not, your after-work behaviors can impact your company’s brand image. No business wants an association with illicit drugs. That goes for liking posts about drugs as well.
Takeaway: You can like or support whatever you want, privately, but public announcements on social media make it fair game to disqualify you.
Complaining About Work
The occasional post about having a bad day at work probably won’t raise any eyebrows. If you posted complaints about your old job or employer on a regular basis, though, it can make potential employers nervous. Constant negative posts can make other potential candidates not apply for jobs at a company.
Charged Political Posts
As a general rule, most companies avoid associating themselves with any political position or party. Businesses can’t and won’t tell employees not to be involved in politics. That being said, they don’t want employees creating a hostile work environment with any brand of political speech.
Takeaway: Confine political posts to general comments, such as encouraging others to vote. Avoid bashing any specific politician or even bashing a political party.
Off-color jokes and cursing might be fine at the local bar, but it doesn’t belong on your social media profiles. Recruiters view the overall tone of your posts as a sign of what to expect once you’re on the job site. Most employers and staffing agencies aren’t interested in hiring someone who curses constantly or uses crude humor.
Misspellings and Bad Grammar
It might seem trivial, but it’s not. Lots of typos and bad grammar send a clear message to businesses, staffing agencies and recruiters that you don’t value clear communication. Good communication skills are one of the top soft skills every employer looks for in a candidate. It’s a particularly avoidable problem, given that most computers and phones come with spellcheck features.
Takeaway: If spelling and grammar aren’t your strong suit, use spellcheck and look for a free grammar checker like Grammarly that will help you clean up those posts.
Make Sure You Use Social Media Correctly
Social media is a powerful tool that can help you land a job if you use it the right way. Avoid common mistakes like drug references and charged political speech. Instead, focus on subjects like training programs, volunteer efforts or your kids’ sporting events.
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Happy 6th GPS Anniversary Sue Ellison!
Join us in wishing Sue Ellison at GPS Corporate a Happy 6th GPS Anniversary!
On your anniversary with GPS, we want you to know what a pleasure it is to work with someone as dedicated as you are. Thank you for being such an important asset to our team and the many wonderful years of service! We wish you much success in the years ahead!
Happy Birthday Jeff Gallman!
Please join us in wishing Jeff Gallman a Happy Birthday!
On this special day, we wish you all the very best and all the joy you can ever have. May you be blessed abundantly today, tomorrow and the days to come!
May your birthday and every day be filled with the warmth of sunshine, the happiness of smiles, the sounds of laughter, the feeling of love and the sharing of good cheer.
Happy Birthday Sue Ellison!
Join GPS is wishing a Happy Birthday to Sue Ellison, Payroll/Billing Specialist at GPS Corporate! This comes to wish Sue not just today but a whole year of happiness and cheer, a whole year of good times and good places for them to happen, a whole year of close friends and celebration!!
Your GPS Family hopes you have a wonderful day! Now, let’s make a wish and cut that carrot cake!
Happy 8th GPS Anniversary Jeff Gallman!
Jeff Gallman is the Chief Direct Hire Officer at GPS and Gallman Consulting. He has been a valuable member of this team for over eight years.
Jeff, your contributions and hard work are truly appreciated. It is the hard work of dedicated individuals like you that make the GPS Team what it is.
Wishing you many successful years ahead!
GPS Spring Beans Contest
Check our Facebook page “Gallman Personnel Services, Inc.” today for our Spring Beans Contest post and a chance to win a $25 gift card!
We will post a picture of a container of Spring Beans (Jelly Belly jelly beans) and you guess how many are in the jar to win a $25!
Rules: Each participate must do the following no later than 11:59pm on May 1st.
- REPLY with their guess to their GPS Branch email (if you are a GPS Associate)
- LIKE our Gallman Personnel Services, Inc. Facebook Page
- COMMENT your guess under the contest Facebook posting.
The guess closest to the actual number of Spring Beans without going over will determine the prize winners.
We will have the following winners:
(who may or may not be a current GPS associate)
GPS Associate Winners
(one winner from each GPS Branch: Charleston, Columbia, Hot Springs,
Newberry, Orangeburg, Tucson)
GPS Staff Winner
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