Resume Polygraph Test

October 26th, 2012

Lying on a resume or job application is an unfortunate practice, but luckily not one that is all too prevalent. However, you never want your business to be in a position to be taken advantage of by an individual who decided to try to game the system. How do you know whether or not you are dealing with someone who is honest about who they are and what they have done? Lacking a lie detector test during the interview process, here are some ways to help you know if you’re talking with candidates who are on the up and up.

  1. Multiple Interviews. There is a multi-tiered approach to the interview process. Not only should you be sure to interview several people for each job opening, but also invite the top candidates back for second or even third interviews. Have other managers available to meet with the candidates as well so you can get several opinions to evaluate.
  2. Background Checks. Though it is becoming a popular practice, there is still a large legal gray area when it comes to Googling candidates prior to making a hiring decision. Sure, internet information is public to a degree but our level of privacy is exactly what the courts are trying to determine for various cases already pending. There is one perfectly reasonable way to research someone’s history: the old fashioned background check. For a small fee to any of the reliable background check companies you can have some peace of mind.
  3. References. It is not uncommon for businesses to skip the reference portion of the job search. It seems time consuming and unreliable. No candidate is going to provide you with the contact information of someone who will speak about them negatively. This is an important part of the process that should not be ignored. By talking to former managers and coworkers you will get an idea of who this person is and whether or not they will be someone that would be a good fit for your organization. Don’t just talk about their job history and performance; ask detailed questions about their character. Not everyone will answer you, but if you keep at it you’ll find the information that you need.

Are you looking to ensure your candidates have been properly vetted prior to their interview? Meador Staffing specializes in these services and can help you make our next hiring decision.