More than 70 per cent of jobseekers 'will lie to get work'

Posted on 23 Nov 2016 by Andrew Yeung

More jobseekers are lying on their resumes to get the job they want, with a study on the recruitment market showing more than 70 per cent of candidates are prepared to lie to potential employers, and many are using deceptive methods such as bogus referees.

The recruitment study by Quantum Market Research, for referencing company Xref, found jobseekers aged between 18 and 39 were becoming more dishonest than ever as the employment market tightened.

Xref founder Lee-Martin Seymour said he had worked in the recruitment industry for 18 years and had never seen statistics showing such levels of deceit.

“We’ve asked people to admit to being deceitful on a survey and it represents absolutely without a doubt the figure could be higher,” Mr Seymour said.

“If people are given a survey and asked to admit to lying, they wouldn’t normally do it, but they have.”

Mr Seymour said 71 per cent of respondents admitted they would lie to potential employers, including using family members or friends prepared to lie as referees, and 42 per cent admitted to having already used deceptive methods such as exaggerating work experience or qualifications and misrepresenting job titles and length of jobs.

A further 23 per cent asked referees to lie for them. The survey found 88 per cent of jobseekers were applying for more than one job at a time, 84 per cent applied for at least two jobs in two years, and 30 per cent sought more than 10 jobs in two years.

Mr Seymour said many candidates were able to get away with lying because employers were ­receiving hundreds of job appli­cations for single roles and many did not adequately check referees.

He said many employers also panicked that they would miss out on the best candidates and rushed the recruitment process.

“Instead of the recruiter taking two hours out of their day and five days to choose, and because the referencing takes so much time, they’re eliminating it or not taking enough time to check,” he said.

Many employers asked candidates inappropriate or discriminatory questions, with a third of jobseekers saying they were asked about their marital status, sexual orientation and age.

Original article can be found here.

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