Business is reported to be growing for former West Midlands detectives, Andrew Armstrong and Patrick Mulligan, who set up their own lie detector firm. The pair claims more business want to test whether potential employees have been lying on their CVs when applying for jobs. Psychologist have criticised the accuracy of polygraph tests, however this story underlines the importance of integrity when applying for a new job.
What do you think? Did you ever lie on your CV?
If a CV is a tool for selling yourself and be noticed don't you think that we are allowed to overstate ourselves?
Any prospective employers will know if applicants have understated or overstated their resume during interviews. If a candidate will be accepted in a company for overstating his/ her resume, it will show in his/ her performance because Management will expect more from him/ her.
You might be interested to read my articles on Finding the Right Job and How to Handle Job Interview. I am going to post tomorrow another hub about job searching.
Thank you for your reply. Personally I never lied in my CV believing in myself and in my capacity. But this article make me wonder which kind of working ethic people have if company need to rely on detectives.
Why Lie? You can either do the job or you can't
I don't see anything wrong with a company relying on detectives, as long as the detectives are not defective.
That is exactly what good personel recruiters have to be anyway.
Candidates are stupid to think nobody will check out a CV. I have no problem with background checks, etc., but I really think employers ought to just test potential new-hires to see if they can put their money where their mouth (or CV) is. These days there's so much emphasis on superficial stuff. Again, just test people on the skills their CV indicates they ought to have; and if someone doesn't pass with flying colors don't hire him. Never mind with who has the best handshake, who shifts an extra time in his seat during the interview, or even - for that matter - a lot of the non-job-related "extras" people put on their CV's.
If a employer has to conduct a lie detector test on the people who applied for a job opening, I would wonder what kind of integrity that business has. I think that there has to be a level of trust between the employer and the employee for a efficient and productive workforce. As a employer myself, if I felt that I needed to have a applicant take a lie detector test I wouldn't hire them. I think that a business can determine who they want to hire from a few interviews without any lie detectors. And if the applicant does get hired, but can't do the job then they can always be replaced. If I was the job applicant, and was asked to take a lie detector test, I would walk out the door.
I hate lying on a CV or resume! I stopped watching the UK version of the apprentice after a proven lier was offered the job. The guy lied about his education and it wasn't a 'mistake' or innocent slip, he knows damn well he did not finish his course, there is no mistaking what qualifications you have completed. I lost all respect for alan sugar when he knowingly hired someone who would lie about his education. Sure you will do anything to make the deal, except actually get a good education! sheesh!
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