November 21, 2018

My Resume (Very Loosely Based on a True Story)

Brent Hultman

Brent Hultman
Partner & Program Facilitator/Strong People Systems

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We see disclaimers like "Very Loosely Based on a True Story" in books and movies. This lets us know that there is some factual basis behind the story but that the author has taken a lot of creative license in writing the book or script. Do you ever look at a resume and wonder if it should carry this disclaimer? Worse still, have you hired someone and then realized that their resume was written with a lot of creative license? Surveys of job applicants indicate that between 40% and 78% of applicants know that their resumes contain misleading, false information, or lies. What's a hiring manager to do?

In addition to reviewing resumes and conducting interviews, we highly recommend that you use validated screening assessments to identify creative writing activity before you invest your valuable time in final interviews and to avoid the potential of hiring a fictional character. There are five things to look for in applicant screening assessments:

  1. That they meet Department of Labor guidelines for use in the hiring process
  2. That they have a distortion factor built in to identify people who are attempting to give answers that they think you want to see
  3. That they are normed to the general population
  4. That they use a benchmarking model
  5. That they look at the whole person rather than just behaviors

The assessments that we offer to clients meet all of these requirements. Whether you work with us, another provider we recommend that you use assessments that meet all five of these requirements. Many organizations use some form of assessment in their screening but using resume reviews, interviews, and assessments that deliver these five things provides you with the best hiring outcomes. 

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