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Fake employment references – don't hire a liar

Reference ChecksBut ever-fretful HR professionals wonder: How do you know the applicant hasn’t pulled a fast one? Or even sneakier, that he hasn’t hired someone to camouflage his background? These days, the latter may present a mounting concern because of the emergence of so-called professional deception services. These liar-for-hire enterprises front for candidates who sometimes put down fake past employers, fake jobs, fake salaries and fake supervisors. The ultimate prize: Fake out a potential employer so it will hire someone who often isn’t qualified for the position. Tim Green, owner of Forest Lake, Minn.-based Paladin Deception Services, claims his firm’s deceptions have never been unsheathed by a company or pre-employment screener — “that I’m aware of.” Even Fortune 500 firms? “Yes, that’s happened a couple of times,” says Green, “but I won’t divulge who they are … . Just because a firm is big and successful doesn’t mean [it doesn’t] have idiosyncrasies and lapses here and there” in the hiring process that can’t be exploited. Full Story: Don’t Hire A Liar]]>

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