Degree fraud is rarely out of the headlines, yet thousands of graduate recruiters still do not routinely verify their candidates’ qualifications. Degree verification is a straightforward process and sits comfortably with the multiple other background checks, validations and verifications that diligent recruiters make when they hire new staff. But too often HR still sees it as a nice to have rather than a need to have, and some don’t think about it at all.
Checking the authenticity of a candidate’s degree certificate is not just about establishing their level of qualification or grade, it’s fundamentally about trust. The business consequences of hiring a candidate who lied about their qualification can be significant: investing in a candidate with no genuine education; the cost of re-hiring; it may be a gateway to internal fraud; and the effect on staff morale when a colleague is discovered to have lied on their CV and got the job under false pretenses.