The most common cause of failed pre-employment checks is applicants making false claims about their qualifications, according to a new study.
The research based on 1,000 checks conducted by Core-Asset Verify, which provides vetting and contract management services in Scotland, found the top five reasons for vetting failures were:
Overall, the research showed 11% of applicants failed outright with major issues; 27% passed, but with some minor issues; and 62% of applicants passed with no concerns.
Mike Stirton, Director of Core-Asset Verify, said: “Our research highlights the importance of being as truthful and accurate as possible when applying for a new job. Detailed pre-employment checks are becoming more common among employers, and are now accepted practices among many sectors – particularly the financial services industry.
“It is no longer acceptable or advisable to embellish, inflate, polish or ‘spin’ your educational and professional achievements to secure a job interview. You will get caught out – if not immediately, then at some point in the future.
“If you have not completed a course or qualification, say so. If you have criminal convictions – even minor offences – disclose them. Don’t exaggerate past or current job titles. And make sure any dates of employment are as accurate as possible.
“With comprehensive pre-employment checks set to become standard, applicants will be punished heavily for what is, in effect, fraud. Honesty and integrity now need to be the watchwords of any applicant’s CV.”