Want to know what red flags are most often found on résumés and employment applications? CRI® Group’s EmploySmart™ experts provided some statistics on their latest pre-and post-employment screening engagements, giving insights into where companies are most vulnerable in the hiring process. The operations team found that providing incorrect employment details is the most common red flag, as it was uncovered in about 4.5 per cent of background screenings. This is followed by providing incorrect education degree details and having adverse media (unfavourable news or online mentions), both at 2.33 per cent.
Most employers would probably say that when it comes to educational background, the only thing worse than providing incorrect degree information would be outright claiming a fake degree – which occurred in nearly 2 per cent of cases. Other red flags included:
- Having a criminal record (1.5 per cent).
- A civil litigation record (1.27 per cent).
- Providing a fake address (also 1.27 per cent).
To round out the findings, the operations team found bankruptcy records, fake certificates and negative references among 0.85 per cent of those screened.
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