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Warning: CV fraud is on the rise! Use these two measures to avoid this problem

by , 03 April 2014
The CEO (Danie Strydom) of a qualification verification company called, Qualification Verification Services says there's been an increase in the number of job applicants who present prospective employers with fake CVs. In a Fin24 report, Strydom says his company has consistently had about a 13% rejection rate of qualifications that were 'problematic'. This ranged from outright fake qualifications to credentials that had been tampered with. Since your company isn't immune to CV fraud, here are the two measures you can use to avoid this problem.

There's been a sharp spike in companies who check the qualifications of prospective job seekers

In the report, Strydom says the main reason for the increase has been the spate of high-profile executives who've been found to have fake or fraudulent qualifications.

You may recall that not so long ago, we reported that a Public Protector's report into the SABC, found that Hlaudi Motsoeneng (COO) faked his matric certificate.

So what's the danger with CV fraud or fraudulent CVs?

Strydom warns that 'in some cases, lies on a CV may go unnoticed and actually allow the candidate to get the job. However, if the employee lied about having certain qualifications, he or she may face obstacles when having to produce required work.'

Not only can this result in stress on the employer, but it could also put the company at risk, depending on the nature of the position. That's why it's essential you be proactive if you want to avoid employing people based on a fake CV.


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Use these two ways to deal with CV fraud

#1: Verify technical and project skills

Volt Workplace Solutions explains that most jobs require basic computer or technical skills and any IT or engineering position will require experience in specific software and technology.

The site says in the age of online job databases, applicants know that you'll use keyword searching to find and qualify their CVs. An applicant faking information in the resume will include keywords for all skills required for the job and the project.

To uncover this type of fraud, Volt Workplace Solutions says:

  • Ask specific technical questions in the interview
  • Test applicants on computer skills
  • Search resume databases and online search engines for project descriptions – use other candidate's descriptions of the project to evaluate your applicant's claims.

#2: Lookout for a false employment history

The site says candidates generally omit or falsify information they believe will turn off potential employers. The top categories include gaps in employment, being in a position for a very short period of time and being fired.

Here, make sure you watch for:

  • Unexplained gaps in employment
  • A reluctance to explain the reason for leaving
  • Unusual periods of self-employment

'Always corroborate the above information by calling references, including clients for self-employed work history. Beware that candidates falsifying this information may even provide fraudulent references. Always check the web sites of previous employers and use the phone numbers found online for employment verification,' says the site.

The Labour & HR Club also recommends you use other tips to spot a dud reference (you can read about them here).

Overall, our experts at FSP Business say if you discover that a candidates' CV is fraudulent during the recruitment process, disregard it. If, on the other hand, you only discover this when you've already employed the candidate, have a full disciplinary investigation.

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