Resume Falsification Statistics

Statistic Verification
Source: Accu-Screen, Inc., ADP, The Society of Human Resource Managers
Research Date: 7.16.2012
Resume / Application Falsification StatisticsData
Percent of resumes and job applications that contain falsifications53 %
Percent of college students surveyed who would lie on a resume to get a job they want70 %
Percent of job applicants who have a misdemeanor record3 %
Percent of job applicants who have a felony record7 %
ADP reported that 46 % of employment, education and/or credential reference checks conducted revealed discrepancies between what the applicant provided and what the source reported
Resume Falsification Statistics 
Percent of resumes that are misleading78 %
Resumes that state fraudulent degrees21 %
Show altered employment dates29 %
Have inflated salary claims40 %
Have inaccurate job descriptions33 %
Give falsified references27 %
The following is an online survey conducted by AOL Jobs from a survey size of 18,000
Have you ever lied on a resume?Percent
Yes, several times9.5 %
Yes, once4.1 %
No, but I’d consider it12.9 %
No, never73.5 %

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