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June 21, 2017 by
aliereadvisors
When it comes to reviewing resumes to get candidates in the door, there is certainly a lot of information to get through.

And, sometimes, it is possible that candidates may be deceiving you on their resume, as it’s unfortunately becoming more and more common for people to flat out lie on their resumes in order to get their foot in the door of a great company.

In fact, a survey from CareerBuilder of a surplus of 2,500 hiring managers found that 56% have caught job candidates lying on their resumes – which is a staggering statistic.

Because we know it’s important to you to attract, hire, train, and retain the best possible employees, we’ve put together some information about resume deception and diploma mills. Read more here.


Resume Deception: What are Diploma Mills?

Diploma mills are becoming more and more common, and they prove to be problematic for companies looking to make great hires. These are defined as “a usually unregulated institution of higher education granting degrees with few or no academic requirements”.

In layman’s terms, these institutions are basically issuing fake diplomas to make it look like individuals have a higher degree than they actually do. The scary thing about these is that they typically have extremely legitimate looking websites and the diplomas and degrees they produce typically look extremely real – easily fooling even the trained eye.

The US currently has the most occurrences of Diploma Mill universities in the world right now, with the UK coming in as a close second.


Telltale Signs of a Diploma Mill Product: How to Spot a Fake

They don’t offer financial assistance

Oftentimes, these institutions do not offer any financial assistance to any of their students, which is a way to spot a fake.

They have no physical location

If you’re finding it impossible to locate an official location of this institution, or a headquarters of some sort, it’s a good indication it’s a mill.

They give degrees based on “life experience”

While accredited colleges and universities can give credit for internships or life experiences to students, they don’t give entire degrees based on that. Seeing a program of this sort is a sign that a degree is a sham.

Flat fee for a degree

Accredited colleges charge tuition based on credits and semesters, so if you discover this “school” charges based on the degree via a flat rate, it’s a sign that something is fishy.

There are no professors

Even online colleges require interaction with professors, so if there are none with a particular “college”, it probably means that they are illegitimate.

They don’t require homework

Again, true universities that issue official degrees require homework and effort be put in for that credit to be earned. Degree mills are known to not require homework, so it’s certainly something to look out for.

How a PEO Can Help

A PEO can be helpful in working out a system that deciphers whether or not candidates have legitimate degrees, which is important to the health of your business. Call us today to begin working with a PEO that best matches your business needs.

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