How To Identify A Fake Resume

If you want to hire the best employee for your company, it’s essential to know how to tell if their resume is fake. You also need to know what questions to ask during an interview.

Buckle up, because we are going to discuss all the nitty gritty details about identifying a fake resume.

1. Check For Consistency In Resume

Although the resume is a work of fiction, the data it contains may be accurate enough to fool even an experienced human. A fake resume would include all your personal information, including your address and phone number.

If you were to apply for a job as a computer programmer at Apple Inc., but your resume listed your current address as being in New York City and not Cupertino (which is where Apple’s headquarters are located), it would raise red flags for any HR department.

Moreover, check if the essential skills listed on the fake resume match those on a legitimate one.

In addition to checking for consistency concerning dates and addresses, there are other areas where recruiters can critically look at: educational history; employment history; job titles/descriptions; career progression/promotion paths within organizations over time.

2. Check If The Company They Worked With Is Honest

The first step to identifying a fake resume is to check if the company they worked with is honest. Do this by Googling their name, checking if the address and phone number are valid, and seeing if their email address and website lead to anything. If everything checks out, you can be sure they indeed work there.

If the email address differs from the previous one, it’s likely fake. If you suspect they are not being honest with you, check their social media profiles. If they don’t exist or there are no references to their name or past job experience, then chances are that they are lying about something.

If you’re still unsure about the resume, you can call the company and ask for verification of their employment. If they worked at a large company, there would be records of this somewhere.

3. Check If They Have Been Consistent With The Same Email Address

When you get a resume in your inbox, check if it is consistent with the same email address. You can also check their previous addresses by contacting the last place they worked or inquiring about job openings.

Last, you need to check if the candidate has a criminal record. You can run a background check or verify their social media profile.

4. Check If The Skills On The Resume Are Verifiable

To verify skills and experience, you can do the following:

  • Check if the candidate has any certifications. Ask to see their certificate if they’ve taken a course or program. This will verify their skillset in one of their areas of expertise.

If they still need credentials to show, ask them to prove it by completing a test or assignment. That way, you’ll know that your employee is competent at what they say they are before hiring them full-time.

  • Look for work samples and portfolios with proof of experience. A person’s portfolio should contain examples of their work in whatever field or industry they are hoping to enter as an employee.

If possible, compare these with previous employers’ feedback on whether those samples were delivered satisfactorily during previous employment periods so there aren’t any discrepancies between what was expected vs. what was offered–this should help weed out people who aren’t honest about how well trained they are!

5. Check If Their Social Media Profile Has Been Consistent With Their Work History

The next step is to check if the candidate’s social media profile has been consistent with their work history. If you see inconsistencies in the timeline, location, and interests on their profiles, we recommend that you not proceed with this candidate.

6. Know The Red Flags

If a resume is too good to be true, it probably is. If you see an applicant with extensive experience in one field and no experience in another, that’s a red flag.

Resumes that are either too short or too long are also fishy. And finally, if you see the same vague description on every job application for ten years (like “managed team of twelve”) without any evidence of growth or change over time, there’s a good chance that someone has copied and pasted this wording from other applications.

7. Ask Questions In The Interview
  • Ask about their previous experience and how they would handle a situation.
  • Ask about the company they worked for.
  • Ask about the skills they claim to have. Is there any proof of those skills?
  • Ask about their strengths and weaknesses.
  • What are you looking for in this position that you think will be an asset that your current employer has not been able to provide?
  • What do you want out of this job?
  • What do you wish someone had told you before accepting this career path or company?
  • How can I help ensure that our paths will cross again when another opportunity is available at my organization?
8. Look Closely At The Applicant’s Experience. You Can Use Third-Party Websites To Check Info About Previous Employers, When They Hired Employees, When They Closed Down, Etc.

When you receive a resume for an open position, it’s essential to review it carefully. Your goal is to determine if the applicant is truly qualified for the job or if they’re exaggerating their experience and skills.

While scanning a resume, keep an eye out for any inconsistencies in their experience or education. If they say they’ve worked as a nurse but need to gain nursing certifications, it might be a red flag and they must tell the truth about their work history.

Another example would be if an applicant lists multiple languages on their resume but needs proof of having studied those languages at school or otherwise completing certification programs.


If you identify a fake resume, inform the applicant that they need to provide more details about their background and experience. If they still don’t tell you anything, it may be best to move on without them.

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