This week marks the 15th anniversary of cyclist Lance Armstrong's first of seven consecutive Tour de France titles (July 25, 1999). As most people know, he was stripped of all his titles and banned from the sport in 2012 for his involvement in a doping scandal.
So what can a hiring manager learn from this unfortunate story? Lots, actually.
I'm sure that the cycling world wishes it had done some more due diligence in checking out the validity of Armstrong's claims and not simply taken his word for it, regardless of how impressive his resume or how convincing his arguments.
Steven D. Levitt, the coauthor of Freakonomics and an economics professor at the University of Chicago, cites research suggesting that more than 50% of job applicants lie on their resumes. Cover letters are notorious for embellishment and exaggeration.
Seven tips to avoid making a bad hire:
1. Understand the most common resume misrepresentations (and be prepared to challenge them) during an interview:
2. Always, always, always perform reference checks for every hire:
3. Make good interviewing choices:
4. Ask the candidate to participate in a mock work requirement simulation or test them for proficiency in required skills:
5. Create a "Zero Tolerance" policy for lying or exaggerating on your credentials:
6. Perform an internet search on the candidate:
7. Weed out some potential "bad apples" by creating obstacles to overcome during the hiring process:
Hiring the right person for the position and your company is incredibly important. Using these steps can increase the likelihood of making a good choice.
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