The Most Common Application Deceptions
It is a common practice for dishonest employees to claim a degree when in fact they have none. Some applicants have gone to the extent of producing fraudulent documents to back up their claims. There are even services that create falsified documents for a fee.
Failure to report a past criminal conviction is another common omission from the employment application. Criminal information is extremely important for any company or organization. It's hard to tell from a written application if someone has an abusive nature. Fortunately, domestic violence is a matter of public record. This kind of information typically turns up in the background check when professional investigators are involved.
Failure to meet financial obligations is becoming more common. This is an important inquiry and could help expose a person's poor judgement and/or propensity to steal.
Dates of hire and termination are often fabricated in order to hide an indiscretion, such as an unsuccessful or unreported employment. Applicants often believe that there should be no unemployment periods, so they hide them with false employment dates.
Reason For Leaving
It is important to know why an individual leaves a job. Too often, applicants either fabricate or omit actual reason for leaving. The truth can be determined through the supervisory interview.
SOURCE: Cleveland-based Research Associates, Inc.