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Tips on checking on resumes for accuracy

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If you are responsible for hiring employees, you already know how important it is to not waste time and money hiring the wrong person. One of the keys to hiring a good employee is the job interview. However, there are some kinds of people who interview well but are horrible to work with. There are other kinds of people who will lie on their resume, assuming that nobody will check the facts. To help you not hire either kind of person (the con or the liar) you should always do accuracy checks on resumes. Here are three of the things that you should check when verifying resumes:

Degrees and Transcripts-people lie about having degrees all of the time. It is most prevalent in people who nearly achieved a degree but stopped short. For some reason, it is quite common for these people to claim to have received the degree. If you have an employ who claims to have a college or an advanced degree, check out their story. Universities publish lists of their alumni so it is easy to find out if a person graduated or not. Degrees are a matter of public record so you can always gain access to this information but for smaller schools who don't publish alumni lists, you might have to call the school to find out how to obtain the information.

If the courses that the potential employee took are relevant to the job, you might want to look at the applicant's transcripts as well. Transcripts are not a matter of public record and the applicant must request the transcript. Official transcripts will come in a sealed envelope with an official stamp over the seal. If you need a person with specific credentials or skills, make sure that the classes they took are exactly what you are looking for.

Previous jobs-one thing to stress on your application is that there should be no gaps between jobs. A common tactic is only to list the jobs that will give a decent reference. For some potential employees, those jobs are few and far between. If you require that there are no jobless periods, or that jobless periods are explained (some people really do take off a whole year to travel), you will be on your way to a complete job history.

The next thing that you need to do is call on some of those jobs. You won't have time to call on all of the jobs but you should at least call on a few. Jobs that are more recent are going to be more relevant than old jobs (does it really matter what they did twenty years ago?). However, you may not want to contact the current employer. You may even get someone that says pleasant things just to get rid of the employee.

When you call on previous jobs, you should know what questions you can legally ask. By law, the only questions that you can directly ask are if the person worked there, when they had worked there, and about rehirability ("if you could, would you rehire this person?") Information beyond what you can legally ask for, you can hope for. If the applicant was a stellar employee, this will probably come out when talking to a former supervisor. If a supervisor has almost nothing to say you will have to determine if that is an attribute of the supervisor or if it says something about the employee.

References-references might be the least important thing on a resume. People are only going to list references who they know will say something good. You might judge the quality of the reference, for example, if they list all University professors as references, you might assume that the candidate is not hiding anything academically.

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