Of these employers, according to a CareerBuilder.com press release, 57% said they automatically dismissed the applicant, and 36% said they still considered the candidate, but did not hire him/her. A small percentage (6%) ended up hiring the applicant.
The most common lies discovered on a resume, according to the survey, include:
- Embellished responsibilities – 38%,
- Skill set – 18%,
- Dates of employment – 12%,
- Academic degree – 10%,
- Companies worked for – 7%, and
- Job title – 5%.
The most memorable or outrageous lies cited by respondents to the survey were:
- Claimed to be a member of the Kennedy family;
- Invented a school that did not exist;
- Submitted a resume with someone else’s photo inserted into the document;
- Claimed to be a member of Mensa;
- Claimed to have worked for the hiring manager before, but never had;
- Claimed to be the CEO of a company when the candidate was an hourly employee;
- Listed military experience dating back to before he was born;
- Included samples of work, which the interviewer actually did;
- Claimed to be Hispanic when he was 100% Caucasian; and
- Claimed to have been a professional baseball player.
The press release said industries experiencing higher incidences of resume fabrications included Hospitality (60%), Transportation/Utilities (59%), and Information Technology (57%). Government employers reported the lowest number of incidences (45%).
More than 3,100 hiring managers and over 8,700 workers nationwide responded to the survey which was conducted from May 22 to June 13, 2008.