How to Avoid Lying Resumes: Tips to Look for the Right One

How to Avoid Lying Resumes: Tips to Look for the Right One

Written by Guest Author: Aubrey L

Are you in a rush to hire someone? In your desire to fill a position, you could get victimized by resumes that are not true.

Even if it’s possible to recruit someone in 24 hours, you should still check out your applicant’s background. Remember, someone with a false resume is lying.

Can you really trust them to do their job without covering up anything?

Probably not.

But what can you do to make sure you avoid hiring people who are lying on their resumes?

Read on for a few tips.

Check what kind of resumes the applicants submit.

It’s easy to lie on any resume. Just pad it with supposed qualifications and fake references, and you’re good to go, right?

You can avoid this if you require an applicant to submit a functional resume. Why this kind of resume?

It’s because a functional resume focuses on the experiences of applicants. At the same time, it downplays job history.

That means this resume is harder to fake. It is nearly effortless to spot if the candidate is lying about their experience.


Give them a test and see how they perform. For example, if the candidate wrote that they have experience in advanced video editing, let them edit a video.

The end result will tell you if the applicant is lying or not.

Use the interview as a way to evaluate the resumes.

Another way to spot a fake candidate is by using the interview to its fullest potential. Let’s say that the applicant has a really good-looking resume.

If it’s glowing with recommendations and work experiences, they’re perfect, and you should hire them immediately, right?

No, you shouldn’t. Proceed with the interview first.

During the interview, ask them about the details of their resume. Make sure to keep a copy of what they submitted in front of you.

Check their answers with what you have. It’s normal not to remember everything, but if they can’t remember anything at all, that’s a definite red flag.

Plus, check out their body language while you talk to them.

Do they seem nervous or fidgety when speaking about specific details?

That might be another obvious sign of them lying.

Get a background check from a legitimate recruitment agency.

If you’re really unsure about your applicant, do a background check with a legitimate recruitment agency.

Sure, you can ask around if people have heard of the candidate, but do you have time?

More importantly, do you have the expertise to do this?

For example, we at Job Crystal have a background checking service. It may cost, but it’s better to have peace of mind in the long run.

In choosing the agency, make sure it has a good reputation. It will also help if it’s recommended by people who have genuinely used it. That way, you can be sure that the result you get is indeed correct.

One last thing…

There is no need to delay the recruitment process for days or even weeks. This whole process can be finished in less than a week.

But of course, even if there’s no need to delay, there’s no need to rush either. If you hurry, you cut back on fact-checking. And that could lead to unintentionally accepting dishonest resumes.

Either one will result in your company losing money on employee turnovers that you could have avoided.

Plus, remember that it’s hard to fire employees – even if you find out that they lied on their resume.

Therefore, even if you encounter delays in checking, do it anyway. It’s better that way and will save you a lot of headaches in the long run.