Liars Index® Continues to Decline, Lyin’ King Chosen

The rate of misrepresentation of education claims on resumes, calculated semi-annually as the Liars Index®, fell back again in the second half of 2012, declining to 14.00 percent, the lowest semi-annual calculation in four years.

The rolling average for the last two years moderated to 20.75 percent, the lowest rate since mid-2011. There have been noticeable press reports over the past year regarding misrepresentations of academic credentials.

When attention is drawn to cases where candidates’ education claims do not match up with the school record, seekers may be inclined to correct the record on their resumes. But when the CEO of a major public company fails to correct the firm’s public announcement of education credentials, people will take notice and wonder what other career facts may need to be verified.

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Reprinted with permission of Jude M. Werra & Associates, LLC. All right reserved.

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