Job Candidates Often Lie
Most of us like to believe that people are generally honest, especially when it comes to seeking a new job. That’s not the case, though. According to some estimates, about half of all applicants lie on their resumes. Roughly a third lie about important things like job experience, their educational achievements, or even their core skills. Many will lie about past criminal convictions to avoid being disqualified from the interview process.
It’s easy to understand why they lie, of course. When a person needs to pay bills and support a family, they’ll often do just about anything to secure employment. That doesn’t excuse the lies, mind you, but it does help to explain why so many applicants fill their resumes and interviews with either gross exaggerations or outright falsehoods.
Your Company’s Liability
While it’s easy to understand those candidates’ motivation for lying, you cannot afford to allow yourself to be fooled. Those seemingly innocent falsehoods could place your business interests at risk, harm your company’s bottom line, or even create unwanted legal liability. For example:
- A failure to properly screen your job candidates could result in your hiring someone with a history of violence, placing your customers and employees at risk of harm.
- That could create legal liability for you, especially if the harm was the result of a failure to do proper due diligence during the hiring process.
- An employee who lied about qualifications could be a production liability or cause other problems with your operations.
- If your new hire was ineligible to work in the United States and you hired him or her anyway, it could place you in violation of federal or state law.
Background Checks Protect Your Interests
The bottom line is simple: you need proper background checks to protect your personal and professional interests. And because we live in an era of broad regulations and constant threat of litigation, those background checks are more important than they’ve ever been. But who can you turn to when you need competent job candidate screenings? The answer is obvious: International Security Services.
At ISS, we are committed to helping you fulfill your duty to properly screen every job candidate before you hire them. We provide the comprehensive screening you need to protect your workers, mitigate risks to your business, and ensure that the people you hire are exactly who you expect them to be. To learn more about how our background checks can help secure your business interests, contact International Security Services – New York City’s dedicated security experts.