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Don't believe everything you read about your job applicant on Facebook - do a proper background check!

by , 08 March 2013
If you're involved in recruitment, half your time is spend on background checks and following up that your job applicant actually worked and studied where he claims he has. That's why it's so tempting to simply click on his Facebook or LinkedIn profile to see if the information you're looking for appears there. Here's why you shouldn't...

 
'My view right now is that if you are looking for a job in a country with a 25% unemployment rate, it makes sense to have a formal qualification,' says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys on FSP Business.
 
That makes sense as formal qualifications mean any new employees you hire will have at least a bit of knowledge about the industry you work in.
 
But what if your new employee lied about his qualifications?
 
SAA's acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout is livid that what he calls 'nameless, faceless troublemakers' claim he misrepresented his qualifications, says Moneyweb.
 
They claim he hasn't completed his degrees or the MBA thesis mentioned in SAA's 2011 and 2012 annual reports.
 
Don't accept everything a job applicant says as true – always do a background check!
 
Lies like this on paper are common place, with almost every country across the globe affected by fake degree scandals.
 
But it's becoming even more common to lie about qualifications in the social media space.
 
It's so easy to post information about your studies and even work experience on Facebook or LinkedIn, even linking back to the institutions and companies you claim to work for.
 
That's why you shouldn't accept everything a job applicant loads on his Facebook profile as fact.
 
But how can you stop job applicants from lying to you about their qualifications?
 
The easiest way to stop job applicants from lying about their qualifications and work experience
 
You can go so far as to put a clause in your job application forms allowing you to do background checks, says HR expert Janine Nieuwoudt in The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
 
Just adding this clause could be enough to put job applicants off of lying about their qualifications and work experience!
 
 


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