Any serious job seeker will put in their best effort in producing a polished resume. But how about those who feel that their career history isn't what the job ad asked for and decide to embellish their resumes? Granted that every job seeker wants be the best man for the job, but some people may tweak the descriptions of their job responsibilities or skill levels to make up for what they lack.
How to spoke a fake
Some lies are so preposterous that they are very obvious, but what about subtle ones that you may not be so sure about? Here's what you can do to verify a resume.
Ask the person to summarise the contents of his resume
Can the candidate accurately summarise past positions and responsibilities without referring to any written notes? If there are hesitations or inconsistencies in the answers, probe further.
If previous job descriptions are an almost perfect match to the position sought
Be suspicious if a candidate's previous job scope or job titles are an almost perfect match to the one that you are offering. You can also look out for a consistent writing style throughout the resume. Some people may just "cut and paste" the job description from the advertisement, and it will stick out from the rest of the resume.
Salary and skill levels don't match
Most human resource personnel know the salary rates for all skill levels that they are hiring for. So if a candidate gives a salary history that is either way above or below the industry average, ask him for a more detailed explanation for it.
Ask about specific skills
If you're hiring someone for a managerial position, ask the candidate to describe a specific project, the responsibilities held and results achieved. Answers that are vague and lack details should raise a red flag. You may also want to send the candidate for a written test or practical lab session to confirm the level of their skill set is as stated.
Do a background check
Not all employers divulge detailed information about their former employees, but you could ask about a few basic things like confirmation of employment, duration of employment and the job title of the most recent position held. You could also ask if they would rehire this candidate. It would be suspicious if the referees or supervisors listed have an outdated address or uncontactable number.
Watch for signs of stress
Certain mannerisms and behaviour like sweaty palms or nervous hand movements are natural reactions to a stressful situation like a job interview, but watch for sudden changes in behaviour in response to a question asked. You may have just caught a faker off guard.