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Vetting services challenges exaggerated CVs : 18 April, 2007  (Technical Article) survey respondents believe a knowledge of vetting policy would prevent them from lying or exaggerating CV details.
Research undertaken by, an Experian company, has revealed an alarming level of dishonesty amongst the British workforce which starts the moment a candidate applies for a job.

Of the 1,003 working adults questioned who admitted that they would consider falsifying information on their CV, the vast majority (87 per cent) said that if they knew that companies thoroughly checked all details on a CV, it would act as a deterrent to falsifying any information. Yet, 66 per cent of people do not believe that employers thoroughly check the details on all CVs and job application forms.

Perhaps more alarmingly for businesses, if it was thought it would to go undetected, 39 per cent of people would lie on their CV and a worrying 42 per cent of those questioned claim to know individuals who have falsified information on their CV or on application forms.

If they thought it would go undetected, the most likely types of 'CV fraud' would be salary (23 per cent), level of previous experience (14 per cent) and educational qualifications (13 per cent), followed by dates of employment (10 per cent), job title (9 per cent) and age (6 per cent). Some respondents even felt that 'forgetting' their criminal records or actually faking references was worth falsifying, if they could get away with it!

Steve Bailey, managing director of, comments: "This research has uncovered a worrying level of dishonesty amongst the British workforce and serves as a stark warning to employers. 'Chancing' fraudsters seem to be reliant on the fact that prospective employers do not check the information that is stated on CVs and job applications.

"It further highlights the need for employers to recognise the threat of employee fraud and ensure that organisations invest in professional background checking. Indeed, 79 per cent of those questioned think that employers should do more background checking of the details on CVs and job application forms."

And if you think that women can be trusted more than men… you are not far wrong. Whilst 43 per cent of the men questioned admitted that they would lie on a CV or application form if they thought they could get away with it, women are more honest, with 64 per cent claiming they would not falsify any information. "Which is fine so long as you're not dealing with one of the third who would lie!" reminds Bailey.
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