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Before she stepped out of the Conservative party leadership race earlier this week, Andrea Leadsom had already attracted unwanted attention to her CV, where it was claimed she had lied about her previous experience. How can hiring managers and HR professionals avoid falling foul of CV lies?
It may not have been the final nail in her coffin – arguably, that might have been the claims of maternal superiority - but, for sure, "CV-gate" contributed significantly to the demise of Andrea Leadsom's ambitions to be Prime Minister.
While the story around the validity of Leadsom’s career history may have been a shock to much of the general public, it’s an all too familiar challenge faced by businesses up and down the country, large or small.
We all know characters who exaggerate the truth, but not many of us would cross the line and present these embellishments as fact, or would we?
Numerous organisations have researched the occurrence of CV inaccuracies. The result largely depends on where you stand and how you view the difference between an acceptable exaggeration and an outright lie.
In a recent survey of more than 2000 candidates, job board CV Library states that the volume of UK-based candidates lying on their CV is more than 28% - with almost 10% saying that the lie was “significant.”
Perhaps more interestingly, 75% said that they believed it was the company’s responsibility to uncover lies during the ongoing interview process as opposed to the candidate being h