Monday, August 25, 2008

Nearly Half of Employers Have Caught a Lie on a Resume

Half of the employers in this survey have caught candidates lying on their resume, with some of the more outrageous lies being:
  • Claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family
  • Claimed to be a member of Mensa (duh!)
  • Claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had
  • Claimed to be the CEO of a company when the candidate was an hourly employee
  • Listed military experience dating back to before he was born
  • Included samples of work, which the interviewer actually did
  • Claimed to be Hispanic when he was 100 percent Caucasian
  • Claimed to have been a professional baseball player
Those beats the guy I interviewed two years ago who claimed to have developed with Spring 5 and Hibernate 6 :)

Just as interesting are the keywords that employers use to search for candidates (SDLC, e-commerce and n-tier are no longer in vogue!):
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills (50 percent)
  • oral and written communications (44 percent)
  • customer service or retention (34 percent)
  • performance and productivity improvement (32 percent)
  • leadership (30 percent)
  • technology (27 percent)
  • team-building (26 percent)
  • project management (20 percent)
  • bilingual (14 percent)

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