“Educated” applicants may not be so smart

Employers now have opportunity to check academic credentials
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Lying about educational qualifications is on the rise. In 1995-96, one estimate put the number of candidates who were untruthful about their college majors, graduation or attendance dates, or who even awarded themselves unearned degrees, at 14 per cent. That figure has increased to around 18.5 per cent over the last two years.

Academic records are relatively easy to verify: just put in a call to the school in question. Why then do candidates risk having their dishonesty discovered? The answer could well be that employers rarely checked academic credentials, given the amount of time it took for universities to provide the information.

That may change now that a burgeoning industry is joining with universities to provide reliable on-line academic checks.