Employers are aware that some job applicants will exaggerate their professional experience and even add outright lies to their CV in an attempt to secure their dream jobs.

63% of job hunters are prepared to lie in order to bag their dream job

Only 31% of applicants who lied on CV were ever caught

Marketing (67%) and Hospitality (60%) applicants most likely to lie on CV

Law (12%) and Health (5%) sector applicants least likely to lie on their CV

Employers are aware that some job applicants will exaggerate their professional experience and even add outright lies to their CV in an attempt to secure their dream jobs. However, the extent of this phenomenon might be bigger than they think.

Savoystewart.co.uk have surveyed 3,126 individuals across a range of sectors who were either in, or looking for, full-time employment. 63% of respondents admitted to lying on their CV at some stage in their professional career.

Below is a breakdown of the survey results:

Most lied about CV aspect:

  Lied About/Made-up Experience or Qualification Inflated Actual Experience or Qualification
Skill Set 19% 24%
Work Experience 23% 31%
Education 2% 5%
Professional qualification courses 20% 26%

Most applicants lie about their past work experience – over 50% of respondents said they did this for at least one job application.

Education is the least lied about CV feature (less than 10% of respondents).

How did the liars fare?

Lied about Got Job Were Found Out
Skill set 23% 10%
Work experience 37% 8%
Education 9% 12%
Professional qualification

courses

14% 1%

 

Applicants who lied about their work experience and skill set were the most successful. Shockingly, only a small percent of these candidates were found out (8% and 10% respectively).

Lying about your education is the attribute most likely to be discovered by employers – 12% of those who made up educational qualifications were found out.

Industries with most CV lies:

Industry Percentage Who Admitted to Lying on CV
Marketing 67%
Hospitality 60%
Finance 34%
Education 26%
Law 12%
Health Services 5%

Marketing and Hospitality employers should be extra careful when vetting their applicants; a whopping 67% of marketing applicants and 60% of hospitality job seekers admitted to lying on or embellishing their CV when applying for jobs.

Men vs. Women: Who lies most?

Men – 48% of male respondents admitted to lying on their CV.
Women – only 15% of women admitted to lying in order to improve their chances of getting a job.

Article – New Study: 63% of Job Applicants Admit to Lying on CV! – by Stuart Gentle originally posted on Onrec

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