Liars Index® Moderates in 2013
The Liars Index® calculation for the first half of 2013 ticked up only slightly this time, compared with the back half of 2012. The first half rate for 2013 came in at 14.81 percent, while the rate for later 2012 was 14.00 percent.
Calculated semiannually by the Executive Search and Selection firm Jude M. Werra & Associates of Brookfield, WI, the Liars Index® reports the percentage of cases where jobseekers submitting their credentials have misrepresented their education claims. The numbers have fluctuated widely over the 18 years that the Liars Index® has been calculated.
Ranging from a low point of 6.06 percent in the second half of 2003, to a record high of 27.27 percent in late 2011, the percentage of cases where submitted education claims were false has declined over the last year, after reaching some of its higher ranges. The last three years' rates had swung from 17.46 percent to ten points higher than the rate of two years ago.
The Two-Year Rolling Average calculation entered its record high in early 2001, at 18.50 percent, before declining for the following ten years, yet has never fallen lower than 19.00 percent during the last three years. That trend line, now beginning a decline, suggests that one out of every five resumes includes misrepresented education claims.
Since it is a straightforward fact-checking process to confirm claims on education records, it is a puzzle as to why job seekers will continue to fudge the majors, dates and degrees they claim on their resumes...some of them never even attended the schools they had listed. If their education claims, so easily verified, are fudged, then how much of the rest of the person's claims can be relied upon?
The sustained high rates of the Liars Index® over recent years may well be associated with the economics of the recessionary period we are passing through, but whether the lying is attributable to unemployment levels or not, claiming a false, but verifiable credential remains a sure fire way to be eliminated from the candidate pool.
As employers check education as an early step in their screening process, candidates whose resumes looked promising at first glance may never get a further sscreening call at all, once the employer uncovers a false claim. If they lie about the easily checkable facts, employers may reasonably infer that the less easily verifiable background claims may be invented as well.
Jude M. Werra, LLC updates its "Liars Index®" on a semiannual basis. The firm is dedicated to bringing clarity to Directors and Officers executive assessment, search and selection across North America.
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