Check for CV fraud: The costs can keep mounting

Since the global financial crisis, jobs have become harder to find. This is not just a South African phenomenon but is happening worldwide. It is no surprise that as jobs get scarcer, so job hunters push the boundaries when submitting their CVs. In South Africa, CV fraud is becoming more frequent. Employing the wrong candidate is costly in terms of time and money wasted and it can go further than this – imagine employing a quality control “expert” in a food manufacturing facility and reading in the paper that consumers got seriously ill digesting your products! It applies to all job strata – in 2012 the CEO of Yahoo reportedly lied about his qualification. It has reached the stage where the University of South Africa (UNISA) has prosecuted 94 people who submitted fake qualifications to get entry into the university. Recently two people were caught in possession of 1,000 UNISA certificates. What to do if an employee has faked his/her credentials Labour law will have to run its course. You will need to give the staff member adequate notice of a hearing and allow the employee to put his/her side of the story. The verdict of the hearing will depend on the facts of the case. For example, the case of a staff member who lied about an adverse credit history may result in a different outcome if that person has access to cash or is for example a sales representative. The costs and time involved in employing someone with a fabricated CV can just keep mounting. Investing time in getting the right person is worth it. There are reputable accreditation agencies out there that can check qualifications, credit and criminal history. Put thought into the interview process. Set prospective staff members a skills test, e.g. if they are going to join your public relations department ask them to “prepare” a press release if a certain scenario occurs. Spend time checking references and it very often pays to have more than one person involved in the interview process. Research in the USA shows that two thirds of new staff members leave within a year of employment if no proper selection process is used.   Apart from the time and cost involved, your business could suffer real losses. © DotNews, 2005-2013. This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice.

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