Some time ago I wrote an article titled “You Lie on Your Resume!”. The article got a lot of mileage and was commented a lot in the recruitment and HR circles in the social media. Some agreed and others agreed to disagree. Some on the other hand have been completely opposed to the idea.
All agreed that it does happen. And it happens more often than we expect. It also happens on all levels of education and employment seniority. The news today is about the American company Yahoo: “New CEO Scott Thompson appears to have fudged his resume by claiming to hold a computer science and accounting degree he does not actually have. This truth is, he has a college degree, but his major was only in accounting.”
One would think it is bad to be caught in the lie on your resume. Mashable has made a poll and asked the readers – what do they think:
Scott Thompson’s Resume Was Padded. Now What?
Yahoo must fire him ASAP. He is not fit to lead a public company.
If it can somehow be proved he didn’t know about the false claim, he should stay.
Decades of corporate success outweigh a padded resume. Give him a chance.
Here is the current result after the 300 voters:
Yahoo must fire him ASAP. He is not fit to lead a public company. 36% (108 votes)
Decades of corporate success outweigh a padded resume. Give him a chance. 43.33% (130 votes)
If it can somehow be proved he didn’t know about the false claim, he should stay. 20.67% (62 votes)
Total Votes: 300
Note that most people actually voted for “Give him a chance”. 43.33% are OK with Scott keeping his job on the helm of Yahoo since he does a good job there, regardless he lied on his resume.
And so, if it’s acceptable/expected to lie on the resume (as your poll indicates), WHY are resumes still held up as THE be all and end all of the hiring process?
Hi Veronica & thanks for the comment! It is not really ‘my poll’. Mashable is actually quite big online publication.
My best attempt to answer your question is – yes the recruitment is in a large percentage based on a CV, but as in any media, it doesn’t seem to stop people from lying on it.