Beware CVs hidden history

Time 13 years ago

USED cars may not be the only things in a dealership with a hidden history. A survey has revealed that men are twice as likely as women to lie on their CVs, says Experian.

Checking out the background of a potential employee is just as important as checking the status of a used car, says the firm.


A consumer survey revealed that men’s CVs are two times more likely to contain inaccurate information compared to women’s. In fact, over two-thirds of men admit that they think employers do not thoroughly check CVs and job applications.


Kirk Fletcher, Managing Director of Experian’s Automotive division, said: ‘Not only is the automotive industry male dominated, but it also has one of the highest staff turnovers of any sector.


‘The trading environment is changing and it is becoming increasingly important to attract and retain the right employees in order to have a competitive advantage. Dealers have to be as on the ball when it comes to recruiting staff as they are when it comes to buying and selling used cars.


‘A lie on a CV could be something as simple as an exaggerated qualification, but with the growing issue of insider fraud in UK organisations, it could be hiding something far worse.


‘The survey also revealed that 12 per cent of the respondents knew someone who had misused customer data, 35 per cent knew people who had breached confidentiality and nine per cent knew people who had embezzled funds. There can be serious implications for anyone who employs a person without checking their background.’


Background is an Experian company that can give dealers access to global verification and anti-fraud data enabling dealers to ensure that the right people are employed.


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