Employment verification’s should be conducted on all new hires. A candidate’s qualifications, experience and job history can be provided by past employers and verified.
Crimcheck specialists will attempt to verify the following information:
- Dates of employment
- Reasons for leaving
- Rehire status
Additionally, some industries require a more in depth employment verification, such as Department of Transportation (DOT) employment inquiries. While this information can be difficult to obtain, Crimcheck.com’s investigators are trained to verify these types of references.
Why is verifying a candidates employment history important?
Take in some of these statistics:
- Approximately 34% of all job applicants lie about their previous or current employment
- 54% of candidates submit false information on their resumes
- One of the top resume embellishments is enhancing a job title to appear to have a higher rank in the company and to attain higher salary offers.
- 30% of resumes show incorrect dates of employment
- 27% of candidates provide fallacious references
- 40% include exaggerated salary information
- 30% of resumes have exaggerated job descriptions
Tips to Avoid Resume Fraud
- Review the resume for long, unexplained gaps in employment, sudden swings in job responsibilities, and differences between what was said in a cover letter versus the resume and the application.
- Don’t rely on phone numbers for employment verifications that the applicant provided. Locate and contact the companies yourself or use a third party provider.
- Don’t be afraid to ask tough or technical questions in the interview and ask for specific dates that can be verified later.
- Test applicants to ensure that they have the skills claimed on their resume.
By authenticating previous employment, you can ensure that the information provided by the candidate is true and you can feel comfortable knowing your candidate will be the best representation of your brand.
Terms to Know
DD Form 214: Documentation which verifies military enlistment as bases do not house records of discharged soldiers. This form must be requested by the employer.
DOT Employment: A form of employment verification which verifies information with the Department of Transportation. This information often includes the type of driver, type of driving, DOT reportable accidents and other relevant information about the candidate’s work driving history.
Employment Verification: The process of contacting an individual’s past employers to confirm position, dates of employment, salary and eligibility of rehire.
Reference Shield Laws: Laws which limit the liability and protect employers who wish to share relevant factual information about previous employees. For more information and a specific list of these laws, please check out the Reference Shield Laws article.
Resume Fraud: lies or purposefully inaccurate information on an applicant’s resume.
The Work Number: A third party verification service which employers subscribe to house their employment records. The Work Number then releases this information.
W2: A tax form which may be used to verify and individual’s employment history.