Everybody wants to get ahead in life, but that is no excuse for dishonesty. If you want to avoid your company facing the costs that occur when you recruit an unsuitable employee, then it is vital to learn how to spot those candidate lies.
These are 10 of the biggest lies to look out for during the employee hiring process.
1 – Incorrect Employment Dates:
Some candidates will stretch their period of work at their last place of employment in order to cover an employment gap. That is why it is important to verify the actual dates with said employer.
2 – Lies About Education Levels:
Do your candidates really have that degree that you specifically insisted they had in your job recruitment advert? There is no reason to be afraid to probe their knowledge or check the real situation with their institution of study.
3 – An Inflated Previous Salary:
There are a lot of candidates who believe that the higher their previous salary was the more desirable or better qualified they will seem to an employer. So keep an eye out for any pay figure that look suspiciously high given their experience and ability.
4 – Exaggerating Technical Expertise:
As with the previously mentioned salary issue, the reasons for lying about technical skills are obvious. It can be difficult to ascertain their veracity just by talking to the candidate, which is why some skill-based testing may be in order at interview.
5 – Reasons For Employment Gaps:
What was the real reason why the candidate was unemployed for six months? It is again a subject that you cannot be afraid to ask questions about, as you need to find out if they were struggling to find a new job in a difficult economy, or if they were just partying the time away.
6 – Non-Existent Or Poor Second Language:
In today’s global society, candidates can gain a big advantage by claiming to have a second language skills. In the interview test the abilities they claim to have.
7 – Dishonesty About Their Weaknesses:
If they claim their only weakness is that they work too hard, they are more than likely lying. Unless they are able to provide real evidence of it. Be prepared for some lies in response to your queries on this subject.
8 – Supposedly Brilliant Relationship With Ex-Colleagues:
If the candidate really did spend all of their time with former colleagues having a good time, why are they searching for a new job? Obviously, they could be telling the truth, so make sure you find out the real reasons for their jobs switch.
9 – Not Mentioning Why They Lost Their Previous Job:
While it is possible their contract could have been terminated due to their position being outsourced, it is also possible that they were not the best employee. Doing some research on the matter can help to uncover this answer.
10 – Lying About Future Goals:
When a candidate is lying about their future goals, it can be difficult to identify. With this, you will simply have to do your best and listen to your “gut feeling.”
Even though recruitment software’s are useful, they don’t always pick up on every issue. This is why you need to keep your eyes peeled for these notorious lies.