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Tracing fallacies on employee applications

Aug 17, 2011 Matt Roesly

Although an employee may seem like the perfect fit for a position, it's possible he or she may be lying on their resume. A background screening process should cover every detail of an employee application in order to catch fraudulent applicants, Smart Business reports. Being a good employer includes protecting your a business from dishonest applicants. As an owner, you may be liable if it turns out a new hire lied on their application. For instance, if an owner chosees to believe an employee has an Ivy League degree just because it said so on his or her application, the company may be charged with negligent hiring if that worker is lacking experience or an education and mistreats a client. To avoid such circumstances, it's wise to crosscheck each facet of an application. No matter how sincere an applicant may seem face-to-face, it's important to remember that they are attempting to paint themselves in a better light to become more attractive to a company. Furthermore, many instances of short-term employment should raise a red flag, especially if much of that work was not from a temporary position. Contacting previous employers to determine why the worker was so sporadic may help protect a company's assets later on.