The Million Dollar Lie

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kevin.jpgLaszlo Bock, the Senior Vice President of HR at Google, recently caused a stir with his two-part blog post on Linkedin® in which he exposed the ugly truth about the overwhelming number of resume mistakes that flood his desk. Bock estimates that Google accumulates more than 50,000 applicant resumes in a single week, and he personally guarantees that more than half of all resumes have at least 1 mistake on them.  He goes on to discuss the top 5 pitfalls that otherwise remarkable job candidates make on their resumes that lead to a lose-lose situation for both the candidate and the employer. The most notorious of these infractions? Lies.


For some reason, applicants and sometimes hiring managers fail to understand that the entire point of conducting a background check is to independently verify the information provided by the job seeker.  Bock says it breaks his heart when he finds an applicant that lied on the resume.  Last year, a Careerbuilder® survey found that 58% of employers have caught an applicant lying on their resume. I can tell you from personal experience that CAI’s background checking department commonly finds evidence of lying during the 90,000 or so background checks we conduct each year.


Lying about one’s education seems to top the list of transgressions, but fudging dates of employment and being dishonest about prior convictions are also top contenders. Interestingly, a recent court case in Pennsylvania ruled that a company could hold an applicant accountable for not providing an honest answer regarding criminal records on job applications, even when the crimes were not specifically job related.


Bock suggests in his post that you should use his company’s search engine to do a quick search for “CEO fired for lying on resume.”   Imagine climbing the corporate ladder for 15 years until you finally become CEO, only to have your dream turn to horror as you’re fired for a lie you made on your resume 15 years ago.  You would be surprised how often this scenario occurs, and it is continues thanks in part to failed or insufficient background checks. 


And let’s not forget, the stakes are high for employers too! The average settlement of a negligent hiring lawsuit is nearly $1 million.  Don’t be a statistic!  Make sure you are conducting thorough background checks on prospective employees. Let CAI’s detective agency help you sort through your applicant’s statements, and make sure you are hiring the right person with the skill set you need. 


If you have questions about our background checking services, or how CAI can help you remain in compliance with the federal laws related to background screening, you can message me directly at Kevin W. von der Lippe, call me at (336) 899-1150 or email at



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