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Smoke out applicants’ lies with savvy interviews, testing

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Issue: Experts say that up to 30 percent of job-seekers stretch the truth or flat-out lie on their rèsumès.

Benefit: By approaching applicants and their rèsumès more skeptically, you'll have a better chance of avoiding hiring disasters.

Action: Poke holes in applicants' claims, and teach new managers to do the same, using the following nine tips.

Think of each job applicant's rèsumè or application as a car advertisement: The candidate is trying to sell you something, so you need to adopt a "buyer beware" attitude.

Between 10 percent and 30 percent of rèsumès include nontruths. Some lies are told more than others. Here are nine ways that you and your hiring managers can spot dishonesty:

1. Require all interviewees to fill out applications. Look for inconsistencies between the rèsumè and application, especially time gaps and lateral moves. Scrutinize the details of both. Applications should include at-will statements and an "a...(register to read more)

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