How Recruiters Spot Lies On A CV
05 July 2019

You know what it’s like updating your CV for the job hunt – you craft eloquent phrases, highlight your professional qualities, and generally try present your best self on paper. But what happens when you slip in a fib here or there - or worse - a full-blown lie?

A survey from CV-Library last year revealed that a massive 92.5% of Brits have got away with lying on their CV and nearly three quarters (71.6%) of those said that they got the job as a result. And though sometimes it works to be sneaky, expert recruiters are well seasoned in the art of the CV lie, so we know how to spot deception from a mile off.

And it goes without saying that lying on your CV is a huge no-no since it’s both morally dubious and doesn’t give your potential employer a fair overview of your background. So here are the four key ways recruiters spot lies on a CV.


Phone Screenings

After a skim through a CV, if something doesn’t seem right, the easiest way for recruiters to match what’s on paper to the person is to conduct a phone screening. This is usually a pre-interview where a recruiter will determine if any information seems unclear, making sure to uncover the details behind claims. Recruiters are skilled in asking questions that will reveal the truth, so nervous responses or vague information will set alarm bells ringing.


Technical Tests

Especially in fields such as IT and tech, technical tests are common to make sure that the candidate can fulfil the requirements of the role. Usually these tests will have to be completed within a certain time frame, so it makes it difficult to cheat. If someone does cheat, by getting a friend to complete the test in their stead for example, then when they are found out, it’s likely their reputation will be damaged and so companies won’t hire them.


Knowledge Of Industry Salaries

One of the most common lies people make on a CV is exaggerating their salaries. Though this can be tempting, it’s always better to be up front and honest about your position and expectations, since recruiters with expert knowledge of the market will know if your salary matches industry standards for your level and experience.  


Date Discrepancies

This is probably the easiest way to catch someone out in a lie. If there are overlaps with dates, big gaps or confusing information that doesn’t add up – your recruiter will know there’s something fishy going on. It can be a common mistake however, to write the wrong date by accident, so make sure that you double check dates before sending in a CV.


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