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Liar, liar – pants on fire – you’re fired

Liar, liar – pants on fire – you’re fired


The 2008 Recruitment and Retention Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has shown that in one year a quarter of employers in the UK withdrew job offers after discovering someone had lied or otherwise misrepresented their application. Earlier research from the CIPD shows nearly as many (23%) dismissed someone who was already in post for the same offence.


The findings follows Lee McQueen’s victory in the BBC TV show The Apprentice, who had been found to have used his CV to exaggerate the length of time he spent at university.

Other highlights from this year’s Recruitment and Retention research (link below)are: (i) Almost 90% of employers mostly or always take up candidates’ references; (ii) 72% of employers check the academic qualifications of job applicants; (iii) 75% of employers check on absence records.

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