How to spot a fake job applicant online

varsha sarkar

August 28, 2023

8:01 am

Our society is linked with the idea of controlling how we look. When we need someone to like us, like at a job interview, our concern with how others perceive us is extremely important. The outcome of the interview in this instance is based on the recruiter’s perception of us from across the table. Several candidates exaggerate and even lie about themselves, their experience, and their degree in an effort to land the job due to this increased drive to impress.

The number of dishonest job applicants—those who pass themselves off as someone else during the interview process—has alarmingly increased, according to employers. HR teams may weed out scammers by adhering to several essential protocols.

1. Using a Crisis

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, which led many businesses to migrate to remote or hybrid employment, most job interviews have moved online. According to a report from 2021, 44% of businesses said they still conducted virtual interviews. White-collar job interviews conducted online are particularly prevalent. Candidates who aren’t precisely who they are seem to have access to now because of this.

2. Too Good – Although you aspire to find a candidate who satisfies every requirement for the job, it is improbable that you will find someone who exactly fits the job description. Applicants who list an excessive number of desirable abilities on their resume might be too good to be true. You might need to request further evidence of the candidate’s qualifications from them.

3. Inconsistencies – It can be difficult to report misleading information on a resume that is consistent with the applicant’s past academic and professional experience. If you carefully analyse the facts, many lies become clear. Check for employment gaps, overlaps, or conflicting job descriptions and responsibilities.

4. No online footprint – Unfavourably or favourably, a fast Google search will provide details on the majority of us. Most professionals have a social media profile or an easily searchable LinkedIn account. They cannot lead you on if they aren’t found online or if their profile differs from what they claimed in their application.

Video interviews can be effective as well if specific rules are followed

Only conduct interviews when the signal is strong. Poor reception can be used by dishonest applicants to mask their reliance on a second person while responding to inquiries. In the event that the call’s signal is poor, request a new date for the interview. A qualified applicant shouldn’t have any trouble getting an interview the next day.

To ensure they are not talking to anyone else during the interview, ask the subject to forgo using headphones.

Make sure you can always see the candidate’s face. Covering their face is the most effective approach to conceal what is happening in the room around them.

Check identification

Asking to see a person’s driver’s licence or other government-issued identification is the best way to confirm their identity. It can be a good idea to double-check their identification both before the interview and when they report for work. This short check stops swindlers from piggybacking on other people’s successes.

Checks of the past

For many jobs, background checks are commonplace. Depending on the requirements of the company and the required skills for the position, they range in complexity. The majority of background investigations confirm prior employment and look for any criminal conduct.

Keep an ear out for sporadic or difficult communication that makes it challenging to understand the prospect. They might be blocking out sounds in a setting where imposters are defrauding other prospective employers. 

Although it’s not always a hint that a prospect is lying, pay particular attention when a well-written résumé is paired with a candidate who can’t talk well.

Verify what candidates tell you three times. To verify a person is who they say they are, run background checks, thoroughly check references, look at the individual’s digital footprint, and speak with others who may know them.

Embrace your instincts. If something seems strange, look into it more.

varsha sarkar

August 28, 2023

8:01 am

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