How Do You Tell When an Applicant is Lying?

(Last Updated On: June 14, 2018)

pre-employment solutions

I recently stumbled upon an article that I had to share with my hiring manager friends. The technology described in this article could completely revolutionize an employer’s ability to discern trustworthy, reliable candidates instantly without the hassle of background checks. Curious?!

Apparently, the folks at Google have patented a “lie detecting throat tattoo”. (Yes, really, check it out here!)

With a mere glance at your applicant’s neck, you will have all the information you need to know in regards to their integrity. You’re welcome!

Okay… Maybe, there could be a few potential glitches with this method. However, with 45% of all resumes containing at least one major fabrication (Society for Human Resource Management), employers need methods to discern whether a candidate is being dishonest. Luckily, Justifacts does provide several options to help ensure that you have the accurate information you need to make the best hiring decisions.

One Source for Higher Education Pre-Employment Solutions:

  • Past Employment Verification – These searches help to uncover information about a candidate’s dates of employment, job title, salary, and reason for leaving (yes, 11% of candidates are lying about that too). Justifacts also provides our clients the option to customize job performance questions based on what qualities are most important to their organization.
  • Education Verification – In a competitive job market, applicants can be tempted to exaggerate or outright lie about degrees they may have received. Applicants may even rely on “diploma mills” in an attempt to deceive employers about their qualifications (See article: Common Signs that Your Candidate’s Diploma is Fake). An Education Verification Search helps confirm that the degree claimed is accurate.
  • Criminal Record Checks – It is not surprising that applicants tend to not be very forthcoming about their prior criminal history. Employers must bear the burden of ensuring a safe workplace for their employees and customers. Due diligence requires knowing your employee’s criminal past and understanding how it may affect his/her job description. Pairing a Criminal Record Search with Justifacts’ Address Verification Service not only validates the address information that has already been obtained, but it often uncovers additional addresses and names that need to be checked for possible criminal activity.
  • Drug Testing – Drug abusers can go to great lengths to try to conceal their addiction. These drug abusers have decreased productivity and increased healthcare expenses. Hiring an individual with a drug addiction can be a costly mistake.

Lastly, when looking for a person that is honestly the best fit for your organization, a comprehensive background search is always going to be your best bet. At least until the tattoo idea takes off…


It is important to note that Justifacts is providing this information as a service to our clients. In addition, none of the information contained herein should be construed as legal advice, nor is Justifacts engaged to provide legal advice. We go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful. We recommend you consult your attorney or legal department if you want assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.


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