My husband received an application for a high level position in one of his stores. The applicant seemed qualified on paper, so my husband did a little pre-employment screening via a phone interview with him. It was only after asking some questions, did it come out that this applicant may have worked under one of my friends supervision at a previous job.
When my husband asked me if she might know him, I actually said yes, and that I was also one of his previous supervisors and I could speak to the position he held at my place of employment. My friend also confirmed his position with her company.
The interesting thing was that this applicant worked in a very different capacity at both of our companies than the job he was applying for. Most likely, this was not a simple oversight on his application. This was an intentional omission in the hopes of avoiding detection during reference checks or other pre-employment screening.
This is unfortunately not uncommon – an applicant omitting details of their work history to seem like they have more relevant experience than what they really do. It was only by chance that my husband asked the right questions to get more information. Had he only relied on the information provided on the application, he would have missed some critical information he needed to make an informed decision.
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