Food for Thought: Stocking Honesty to the Back

Recently we were surfing industry articles to fit with our discussions on professional development and came across a really interesting one that we wanted to share as Food for Thought. Joe DiDonato, Editor of Elearning! Magazine Group discusses the need for improved skills in exposing resumes laden with false or exaggerated capabilities.

Resumes: Is Lying Becoming Epidemic? shares some statistics and reasons for the increase in deceptive information. Suggestions are provided for reducing the risk of these deceptors slipping through the HR review process cracks.

This article has all ready created a great conversation on LinkedIn and we are enjoying the perspectives of each participant. For example, a contention is made that though efforts can be made to detect deception of applicants it does nothing to reduce the poor habits of the hiring party. Several contributors noted that companies can be deceptive in the hiring process themselves, falsifying information to potential new employees. Bad behavior begets more bad behavior so-to-speak.

We see both sides and do think that companies are entitled to invest in ensuring they are really hiring the individual on paper and in-person. However, we agree that job applicants have a right to be given honest information during job interviews and hiring negotiations. The main reason being it permits the job seeker to evaluate the true job and work environment to ascertain they will be successful within it.

From the perspective of being the job seekers we do believe the background checks generate a bit of extra anxiety we could all do without! In filling out an online application several days ago, the form requested the addresses to all residences lived in over the last 10 years! Of course, this was not something recalled easily and resulted in the purchasing of a background check to gain the information that has long since been forgotten. The plus to this was having an idea of what the potential employer is seeing as well!

What do you think about falsification of skills and credentials? Do you think including screenings and background checks are expensive and unnecessary or even inefficient? Is there a way to create a different system for validation that reduces the cost, time-to-hire and anxiety? How can we create an environment that mutally allows for honesty to be on display and pushes deceit to the back? We would love to know what you think!