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Half international CVs contain an inaccuracy

Helen Mayson

New research suggests that the job claims of overseas applicants aren’t being effectively checked, says Helen Mayson

Fact checking CVs and job applications is tough enough for recruiters when candidates have studied and worked in the UK, but new research suggests that some international candidates applications are littered with errors and inaccuracies that simply aren’t being checked by recruiters.

HireRight infographicGlobal provider of due diligence services Hireright says that 54% of job applications from overseas checked in the last quarter of 2013 contained some kind of inaccuracy, with employment history (33%) and educational achievements (32%) most likely to contain erroneous information.

More than a third of the employers in the survey had no due diligence in place to check CVs from overseas, despite more than three quarters (76%) of employers recruiting talent from abroad.

Steve Girdler, managing director of EMEA, HireRight, comments: “With greater choice of talent comes greater complexities. To help ensure organisations employ a qualified candidate who does not pose a risk to the business through fraudulent, dishonest or inappropriate behaviour, organisations must have a robust screening process which treats national and international candidates with the same level of rigour. Clearly this is not currently the case in many organisations.”

More than a quarter of the employers surveyed said that they would be hiring even more international talent over the next two years.

Steve Girdler, adds: “It’s interesting to see that as UK recruitment picks up, people are being more truthful (or at least careful) in their applications.

“But let’s not fool ourselves. More than half of the applications we receive still contain inaccuracies, showing it is vital to check that people - wherever they have lived or worked - are exactly who they claim to be, will be able to fulfil their job responsibilities and won’t pose a known risk to the business.”


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