With the economy on its way down and winter just around the corner, the competition for jobs is heating up. And when the going gets tough, the tough get… a little too creative.
According to employeescreenIQ, a provider of background screening services, roughly 10 percent of the education verifications completed by the company during the second quarter of 2008 revealed discrepancies. Nearly one of every 10 candidates is lying about his or her educational background.
Unemployment’s high; people need to put food on the table. And going in for a job that requires a degree and not having one is obviously going to put you at a disadvantage,” said Jason Morris, president and chief operations officer for employeescreenIQ. “So [candidates think,] ‘Why not lie?’ If you’re applying to 10 different jobs, maybe you’ll get one of them. Plus, they think people don’t check these things out.”