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UK – More than half of employers have turned away a candidate for lying on CV

24 November 2017

More than half, or 59%, of employers say that they have removed a job candidate from consideration after discovering dishonest or exaggerated information on his or her CV, according to new research from OfficeTeam, a Robert Half UK company.

The research, which polled over 400 employers in the UK, found that the most popular areas for dishonest information or exaggerated claims are work experience (58%), education or qualifications (41%), technical skills (40%) and the duties they claim to have performed in previous employment (30%). 

“For many candidates, exaggerating skills on a CV is viewed as a harmless lie – a necessity to help secure a dream job or indeed any job,” Rachel Stockell, Senior Manager, OfficeTeam, said. “What many people don’t realise is that being ‘dishonest’ with your skills and experience can end up costing you a job offer and damage your long-term career prospects. While you might not always have the implicit intention to deceive prospective employers, bending the truth on a CV, or in a job interview is a dangerous path to take. Even minor embellishments have consequences that can come back to haunt professionals throughout their career.”

Robert Half suggested introducing a third-party, such as a specialist recruitment consultant, to help prevent the problem of candidates embellishing their CVs.


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