When interviewing candidates, especially for pivotal roles, as an HR Manager, you want to make sure that the one you choose is perfect for the position. After all, a bad hire can ruin your and your company’s credibility, and lead to loss of investment. It is common that job seekers tend to lie on their resumes. Desperate job seekers may lie about their educational qualifications, work history, and salaries to attract potential employers. Spotting a liar during an interview process requires you to interpret personalities, examine behaviours, and even test their skills. Here are a few tips that can help you spot a liar during the hiring process.
Setting an Atmosphere that Encourages Honesty
Start by creating an environment that encourages honesty, if you want the candidate to answer truthfully. Encouraging transparency during the first few minutes of the interview helps the candidate know that complete honesty is what the organisation practices.
Analyse Body Language
Body language speaks a lot about the accuracy of answers given by the candidate during the interview. Deviation in eye movements, not making eye contact, sudden changes in speech, sudden pauses, clearing throat, trembling hands or fidgeting too much are ways you can spot a liar. Most candidates even resort to giving out too much information in order to confuse the interviewer or have a tendency of covering up. While smart liars might not be easily caught, detecting uneasy body language will help you spot a liar.
Test the Applicant
Asking factual questions will give the applicant less room for dishonesty and exaggeration. Factual questions related to their employment history will allow you to accurately analyse their work profile and experience. Additionally, test the candidate on skill-based tasks related to the position or ask them to provide work samples that you can further verify. This tactic leaves no scope for dishonesty because you will be testing their skills on a first-hand basis.
Trust your Instincts
Candidates who are skilled in the art of deception will not crack easily under pressure. Moreover, body language is not a foolproof method of detecting lies. Usually, in life, we tend to rely on our gut feelings in tricky situations. If something doesn’t sound or look right, we rely on our intuition and dig deeper into the situation until we get a satisfactory answer. However, this might not always work and you might still be lied to. Hence, it is best to have facts cross-checked by professionals instead of relying on your intuition.
Complete background verification is an essential tool for analysing the accuracy of information on resumes and whatever has been conveyed during the interview. Employee screening involves cross-checking details regarding education, employment, criminal records, personal details, etc. Finding any information that does not match with that provided in the resume or during the interview can be a warning sign.
The interview process is stressful for both, the employer and applicant. Additionally, with more and more lies being caught on resumes, you must be cautious while selecting a candidate. The list above provides essential tips for spotting a liar during the hiring process. While it is not an easy task, these tips will certainly make your hiring process more efficient and profitable in the long run.