Why do companies ask for a CV before meeting with someone? So that they don’t waste time interviewing people who do not have the necessary skill set, experience or expertise. The idea of a CV is wonderful in theory, verifying identity and finding about the applicant at the same time. But often, the reality of receiving CV’s turns out to be far less helpful than one would like it to be. This is because a CV can lie.
While all those credentials on that impressive piece of paper may read exceptionally well – a doctorate in philosophy and psychology! – It doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re true, especially when those all important criminal records are involved.
A CV takes time to build. Experience does not happen overnight. Neither do accomplishments and the proper verification of that data.
Unfortunately, many applicants add sparkle to their CV’s to help boost their chances at being considered for the job.
A CV helps applicants get a foot in the door. They submit their CV, and then get called in for an interview, no verification of identity, background screening and any related checks to make sure someone is who he or she says that they are - making their CV their ticket to Hollywood.
It’s difficult to tell if all those impressive credentials on that CV are in fact true by simply reading them. We’ve come up with six tricks that can help decipher the nonsensical CV’s from the honest ones.
Remember – you’re the one with the hiring powers. We recommend you double check all important information on their CV to ensure that they are honest and trustworthy. Since you’re the one hiring, you’re the one who has to sift through the piles of nonsense in search of the treasure. And until you find that treasure, you might have to combat a couple booby traps along the way.