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Raise your skepticism level to smoke out resume lies

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HR professionals are well aware that many résumés and applications are full of exaggerations or flat-out lies. But while you review those documents with a healthy dose of skepticism, your newest front-line hiring managers may not.

To sniff out more applicant liars, teach your hiring managers to take a guarded view toward all résumés and applications. Ask supervisors to think of each résumé as a car advertisement: The candidate is trying to sell something, so you need to adopt a "buyer beware" attitude.

Here are six ways you and your managers can identify dishonesty, according to John McLachlan, attorney with the Oakland office of employment law firm Fisher & Phillips:

1. Require every applicant to fill out an application. Apply this policy from janitor to CEO. At a minimum, your application should include: an employment-at-will statement; language informing applicants that omissions or falsifications are cause for terminatio...(register to read more)

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