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HireRight Q1 Candidate Health Check finds job application errors now at highest level since 2011

by Brian Sims
A new study reveals that the number of jobseekers including incorrect information on their CVs and job applications is at its highest level since 2011

A new study reveals that the number of jobseekers including incorrect information on their CVs and job applications is at its highest level since 2011

According to the latest research conducted by HireRight, the candidate due diligence specialist, nearly two thirds (63%) of job applications in the first quarter of 2015 contained errors. In fact, the proportion of inaccurate applications now sits at its highest level since 2011.

HireRight’s latest quarterly Candidate Health Check survey finds that the level of mistakes has risen on all sections of CVs with the exception of education. That said, the education section remains the area where candidates are most likely to include incorrect information. In fact, that is the case for two fifths of all applications.

More than one third (36%) of applications contain errors about employment history, while for nearly three-in-ten (30%) of all applications the claims made about professional qualifications and memberships are wrong.

HireRight’s Candidate Health Check research is based on the analysis of data from EMEA candidate due diligence programmes. 2015’s Q1 findings are framed by over 100,000 checks of more than 26,000 applications from 1 January through to 31 March 2015.

Commenting on these survey results, Steve Girdler, managing director for the EMEA region at HireRight, told Risk UK: “With slower growth forecast in 2015 than last year and the uncertainty that a General Election can create in the market, it’s perhaps not surprising that we’ve seen an increase in errors or exaggerations. To attract and recruit the most suitable applicants during this time of change, businesses need to balance carrying out due diligence that ensures candidates are properly qualified with ensuring a positive recruitment journey.”

“Trust me… I’m a director”

HireRight’s research goes on to reveal that the proportion of people making false claims about holding a director’s position has risen every quarter for the last 18 months.

Steve Girdler: managing director (EMEA) at HireRight

Steve Girdler: managing director (EMEA) at HireRight

The fact that 25% of job applications contain inaccuracies in this area represents a substantial 40% rise compared to the same period last year. In spite of this, the number of checks being carried out to verify such claims is falling.

Recent research by HireRight shows that in almost half (49%) of larger organisations it’s often assumed that people applying for senior positions are trustworthy. In truth, people at all levels are equally capable of lies or embellishment. In point of fact, a leadership lie has been exposed by screening in more than one third (36%) of corporates.

“No assumptions should be made in recruitment,” stressed Girdler, “even when a business is hiring to a high-level role. Companies need to ensure that the people they appoint to senior positions are capable of leading the organisation in the right direction and ensuring its ongoing success.”

The Untouchables: Protecting Your Organisation from Leadership Risk report is based on detailed interviews with 140 senior Human Resources leaders in regulated and non-regulated UK companies with over 5,000 employees.

*HireRight has been collecting data on trends since January 2011 and makes it publicly available each quarter

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