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23% of candidates have exaggerated the truth to get hired

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Despite repeated warnings of candidates lying their way through to land their dream job, looks like bosses are not doing enough to verify backgrounds of potential staff.

A new survey from First Advantage found 23% of candidates have admitted to exaggerating the truth on their resume or in a job interview in order to get hired.

The survey’s review of employment screening records showed an average discrepancy rate of 21% in Asia Pacific.

Despite this, only 49% of respondents in the region stated they had gone through a background check – lower than both the number of candidates in the US (82%), and the U.K. (61%).

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Within APAC, just 18% of respondents in Japan said that they have had a background check.

“We have known for a while that employers generally appreciate the role that background checks play in protecting an organisation,” said Michael Pilnick, executive vice president of human resources at First Advantage.

“What we haven’t known, until now, is the level of support that background screening holds by the general public. We are encouraged to see that the public has also recognised the importance and value of background checks in providing a safer and more credible business environment.”

Indeed, the survey found widespread support for background screening, with 82% of respondents saying that organisations should run background checks.

When asked what benefits background checks provide, if any, nearly half (44%) said it raises the credibility of the organisation.

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