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Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) shows a quarter of UK employers withdrew at least one job offer after discovering a candidate has misrepresented himself in his application.

Some 23% said they do not always take up an applicant's references, and a fifth rarely or never check absence records. Another quarter never or rarely follow up on a candidate's academic qualifications.

Rebecca Clarke, from the CIPD said.

"There are risks that go with rushing candidates into filling vacancies without pausing to make basic checks," she added. "If you don't have rigorous pre-employment checks in place, you risk being a soft touch for people who are willing to be dishonest to get work or advance their careers."

At HR2all we will tell you what steps to take when obtaining a reference and produce a suitably worded letter to the applicant’s referee. If the situation is reversed and you’re the one giving a reference, talk to us...


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