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Recruiters beware: Job seekers may lie about why they left a prior job
May 26, 2004
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Los Angeles, Calif. -- The reason for leaving a prior job is the information most frequently fabricated by job seekers, according to the Executive Recruiter Index (Part IV) by Korn/Ferry International.

When asked to select three types of information that are most frequently fabricated or obfuscated by executive candidates, the most popular responses by recruiters were: reasons for leaving prior jobs (69 percent), results/accomplishments (68 percent) and job responsibilities (45 percent).

"Sometimes candidates are uncomfortable about having been laid off or let go from a previous job," says Robert A. Damon, President, North America for Korn/Ferry. "But rather than obfuscate or alter the reasons for leaving, it's always best to be straightforward about the situation -- the reality is that downsizing and restructuring have lost much of their stigma and are becoming more generally accepted by employers."

Additionally, the survey looked at what kinds of due diligence clients are asking for in candidate background checks. Education verification (83 percent), employment verification (77 percent) and criminal/arrest history (35 percent) ranked as the top three areas where employers are requesting background checks. Other types of checks being done are personal credit history (26 percent), drug testing (11 percent), and driving records (4 percent). Despite the recent proliferation of high-profile corporate scandals, the survey found that resume fabrication among white-collar executives does not appear to be dramatically growing.

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