(What you need to be verifying when someone applies with you)


Inflating current or previous salary and benefits to secure more money, or stating that compensation is not important to them when it is.


Previous job title or responsibilities. 

Making up a title or boosting actual title by one or more levels in hopes of obtaining better salary offers.  Overstating their responsibilities or authority in their previous position, or even creating responsibilities or authority they did not directly or independently have.



Listing degree never obtained or listing a school never attended.   Inflating grade point average and graduate honors; citing degree from online, non-accredited “education” institution


Reason for leaving.

Saying it was a massive downsizing when the decision to discharge was based on poor performance; being asked to leave, but saying you quit; underplaying or completely hiding poor relationships with superiors or co-workers.



Overstating one’s contributions to a team project or company performance; claiming to have received special recognition; exaggerating level of participation in an important aspect of the business.



Overstating their flexibility when it comes to the actual position requirements.  In the context of employment relationships, a candidate may overstate their flexibility on certain job specific requirements – travel requirements, pay requirements, relocation requirements, flexible compensation programs, etc.


Commitment and passion for career. 

More and more candidates are coming to the interview process professing total dedication to career.  When it comes to basics like showing up on time and focusing on your job while you are at work, how committed and passionate someone is makes a difference.  Never mind doing what it takes to get a job done when the pressure is on.   Being able to assess with a third party just how passionate and committed someone is to their career and their position can be helpful.