Errors on CVs soar to 5 year high

Errors on job applications have risen to the highest level in five years, according to a recent report.

HireRight conducted the study. The background checking firm found that more than two thirds of jobseekers are currently providing inaccurate information to prospective employers. 67% of candidates across Europe, Africa and the Middle East submitted CVs containing mistakes – a level not seen since May 2011, according to the Telegraph.

HireRight analysed more than 125,000 applications last year, as part of an initiative to control anonymous risk in recruitment.

Steve Girdler is the Managing Director at HireRight. He explained the data in an interview with the Telegraph: “Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the reputation and performance risks of not carrying out thorough due diligence on candidates.

“As a result, candidates need to pay real care and attention to their initial applications, making sure that every job title, grade and date is accurate. Otherwise, they risk holding up the recruitment process when the business comes to check the information they have provided.”

According to the report, candidates are most likely to submit false information when it comes to recording their past education. 42% of CVs contain mistakes about school or university achievements, followed by 36% of applications in which candidates muddled up their employment history.

Jobseekers active within the transportation sector submitted the most errors (92%). They were followed by wholesale industry (86%) and insurance (83%). A staggering eight in ten government applications contained mistakes, followed by retail (76%) and finance (70%).

“Companies are aware that they need to have a comprehensive recruitment process in place at all levels to avoid finding skeletons in the closet, for instance when people are promoted,” Girdler said.

“Job applicants are not realising the importance of being entirely accurate and truthful in their applications.”

The perils of exaggerating a CV were brought into the public eye last month, when a law graduate was suspended from practicing law for 18 months and fined £3,000 after saying she received a 2:1 degree result instead of a 2:2.

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