One in four CVs are bogus

Companies are being urged not to take information on CVs at face value after a survey by the Risk Advisory Group found that one in four CVs contain incorrect or false information and the average CV contains three pieces of misleading information.

The study of 3,000 CVs of candidates applying for jobs in finance firms found the biggest discrepancies tend to be in academic qualifications, previous jobs, gaps in employment and directorships.

“These results are a warning to employers of taking too much at face value when hiring people,” TRAG deputy director Richard Prior said.

“Clearly any candidate could make a mistake when preparing a CV, but three mistakes are unlikely and effectively mean that these CVs are bogus.”