The South African labour market is as competitive as ever, with a slower economy and a wave of new graduates seeking work throughout the country. Unfortunately for employers, certain job seekers are not as straightforward as they should be when compiling their CVs – here are several real examples of questionable CVs which we have been made aware of:
- A CV was sent with a covering letter addressed to another company for a different job advert.
- The CV was updated on the same day the applicant was suing his ex-boss at the CCMA. The applicant sent his CV to the CCMA and his CCMA forms to his prospective employer!
- The CV was sent via email. The applicant then sent her prospective employer a “Please Call Me” SMS and asked how far he was in reading her CV.
- An applicant used a friend’s CV, but kept the original person’s photo on the document. The CV also stated two different names for one applicant.
- In many cases, applicants are not qualified for the position, but persist in sending applications and CVs. We recently had an applicant apply twice within 6 minutes for the same position.
Though these incidents may seem ridiculous or hard to believe, they are based on true personal experiences of the Northwood team. What should be worrying to employers is the fact that applicants are prepared to falsify their CVs and apply for positions which they are unqualified for.
Protecting Yourself as an Employer
Employers should double check all qualifications and work experience listed on an applicant’s CV. Recognised universities and colleges will be happy to verify qualifications, which past work experience should be carefully examined to make sure that the companies listed are legitimate and that the applicant has stated his or her previous position accurately.
If you are in any doubt about a candidate, you may ask him or her to fill in an assessment test after the job interview. You may also take on a member of staff on probation to ensure that he or she has the necessary skills to do the job. In so doing, you will be protecting your business and ensuring that your staff are competent and add value to the organisation.